Shutdown updates

Govexec is reporting that the back-pay bill for furloughed federal workers, which passed the House and has the verbal support of the President, is delayed in the Senate. "While the bill enjoys broad support ... several Republicans reportedly oppose the legislation’s swift passage ... and want the opportunity to offer amendments." For the full story, see:
If passed, back pay would render federal workers ineligible for unemployment benefits. Nonetheless, in the absence of any predictable pay forthcoming, many federal workers are filing for unemployment in the meantime. The SF-8 needed for filing was attached to workers' furlough notices. Our local is currently trying to obtain additional information to aid employees with filing.