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Government Workers Stage Brief Protest Of Shutdown

Wed., Dec. 27, 1995

Carrying signs that read, “Congress, we have a contract with America, too,” about 100 furloughed federal employees protested the partial government shutdown with what was billed as a “workin” Tuesday at Social Security Administration headquarters.

The workers filed past security guards into the building’s auditorium, but instead of returning to their desks, they left the building after 15 minutes.

“We have tremendous work to do, and this shutdown is a body-blow to the agencies,” said John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1923 in Baltimore.

Union leaders said they were told to leave the building, but Social Security officials said no one was asked to go even though federal law prohibits employees from volunteering their services.


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