Local Contractors Still Feel Overlooked Despite Reopened Government

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Although the government officially reopened on Friday, January 25th, federal contractors say they continue to feel overlooked during this difficult time. 

Jill Miller, a local contractor, shares why her shutdown story isn't over.

“A lot of people just don’t realize there are just so many government contractors out there and that we don’t get back pay," says Miller. "We support the government. We were there everyday working side by side. I know they value us, but in the news media they don’t seem to focus much on how many contractors are getting affected.” 

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Just a little more than a week ago, Miller, among many other federal employees and contractors, rallied with state representatives to see change from lawmakers at Teamsters Local 331 in Egg Harbor City.

Now it’s just a matter of weeks before the anxiety rolls in again as Miller prays the effects of the shutdown don't continue to linger and won’t happen again.

“Yes, I’m back to work and I’m very happy about that, but there’s so many people that are still struggling and are not back to work," says Miller. "And a lot of people are still on reduced hours until the next three weeks.” 

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Since the shutdown, Miller felt inclined to start a support group for South Jersey government employees on social media.

“I formed a Facebook group and luckily all of my friends have shared it with all of their friends, who share it with all of their friends," says Miller. "It’s become a really great support group, locally. You try to make sure people don’t get mad at each other because some people are back to work so you’re jealous of the people that are working, but we all can be in the same situation.” 

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