Federal workers in Hawaii growing weary of working without pay

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Updated: Jan. 7, 2019 at 10:14 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the partial government shutdown now in its third week, federal employees in Hawaii are feeling the impacts.

About 120 union members have been reporting for duty at the federal detention center near the Honolulu airport.

They’ll eventually get back pay, but barring some sudden deal on the border wall, they won’t be getting their checks this Friday.

“They’re worried down to the simplest thing like utilities, gas, mortgage, rent," Union President AFGE Dwayne Bautista said. “It’s going to take a toll. And the toll is -- I knock on wood -- is that nobody gets hurt or something ever happens where, because we’re fatigued or stressed out, or because there’s no salary coming in.”

President Trump is planning to make a national address Tuesday at 9 p.m. eastern time. This week he reportedly said that he is considering declaring a national emergency to start building the wall, without congressional approval.

Hawaii News Now will stream the president’s address online and on the Hawaii News Now Facebook page.

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