Oxford Correctional workers struggling with Gov. shutdown


OXFORD, Wis. (WMTV)- Oxford Federal Correctional Institution workers feel the effects of the Government shutdown.

The men and women who work inside the Federal Prison in Oxford have been going to work every day without being paid, since the Government shutdown on December 22, 2018.

Council of Prisons Local National President, Eric Young said in a press release, that workers are unsure of how they will make ends meet if they don't get paid.

"Federal Correctional workers,over 30 percent of whom are veterans, are some of the lowest paid federal law enforcement employees in government, and many live paycheck-to-paycheck," said Young.

Tim Viegut, President of the AFGE Local 3495 said workers are being told to cancel vacations and not use sick leave, because they may not be paid if they are not at work.

"We have very qualified and dedicated correctional staff working at F.C.I Oxford and they deserve not to have to go through this additional stress," said Viegut.

AFGE President, J. David Cox is urging Congress and the President to end the shutdown and restore lost wages to federal workers.

"Requiring them to work without pay is nothing short of inhumane," said Cox.