Danbury Prison Employees Feeling Stress Of Shutdown

Bill Sencio
January 04, 2019 - 2:34 pm

DANBURY, Conn. (WTIC) - Federal employees in Connecticut who are working without getting a paycheck are feeling the stress of the government shutdown. 

Nearly 300 employees at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, including Correction Officers and managers, have been working without pay for two weeks now.

Correction Officer Pat Wynn, who is also a union representative, says the shutdown is taking financial and psychological toll on workers and their families.

"Without a paycheck, you don't know how to cover your bills. You don't want to dig into savings, no one wants to go into their 401k's. It's very stressful financially. The mortgage companies don't care, they want their money every month. The bills, everything still keeps coming in, even though the government stops working, the bill collectors don't."

Wynn hopes that Connecticut's Senators and Representatives will keep the struggles of he and his co-workers in mind as the political battle over the government shutdown continues.