Despite Threats, Feds Who Called Out During Shutdown Unlikely to Face Discipline

Federal employees forced to work without immediate pay during the partial government shutdown faced warnings of possible discipline if they called out instead of reporting to duty, but agencies now appear to have backed away from those threats. Employees at an array of shut down agencies increasingly told their employers they were sick or could not afford to come to work without pay during the record-setting appropriations lapse. Those workers ramped up pressure on lawmakers and the White House to finally reopen government, including Transportation Security Administration employees who caused disruptions to airport security lines and Federal Aviation Administration staff who forced a ground halt at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

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