Luke Air Force Base workers protest day 2 of government shutdown
By FOX 10 News Staff
GLENDALE, Ariz. -
It's day two of the government shutdown and thousands of federal workers are out of the job until lawmakers can agree on a federal funding bill.
House republicans worked to try and pass bills that would re-open parts of the government, but democrats rejected them.
Some of those affected are workers at Luke Air Force Base and many of them are protesting the shutdown Wednesday morning.
Employees of the American Federation of Government will be out later on Wednesday morning to hold an informational picket.
The AFGE represents many of the more than 400 civilian employees at Luke Air Force Base.
Those are the people who have been affected most by the shutdown.
They have been furloughed without pay until congress can come up with a federal funding bill they can agree on.
But according to base officials, the base's main activities should not be affected.
"The mission to Luke Air Force Base is to train fighter pilots and we're going to continue to do that mission. During the shutdown, we kept people to keep that going in the short term. Long term, not sure. So the longer this goes, it will be evaluated if we can keep that going," said Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein.
The work furloughed workers would normally do will have to be picked up by the airmen, so they are affected in some ways too.