You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Local workers protest shutdown

Springfield group unhappy with Congress.

While Congress scrambled for a last-minute solution Wednesday to end the government shutdown, federal employees in Springfield took to the streets to protest about being forced to work without being paid.

“The federal employees are not allowed to strike, so our only recourse is what you see out here today, standing in the rain to show you what our displeasure is,” said Rick Hanna, vice president of the federal workers union Local #3448 AFGE.

At the Social Security Administration office in Springfield, 21 employees have been working without pay since the federal government shutdown began. Another employee is on furlough.

About 10 employees waited until their lunch break Wednesday before walking to the sidewalk on North Limestone Street armed with signs. They contained messages such as “Stop Playing Games with My Life,” and “Working With No Pay. Would You Like It?” Several motorists honked in support as they drove by, and others yelled at them to get back to work.

Among the protesters was Khayesha Peterson, who’s worked for the Social Security office for 11 years. She’s seven months pregnant and stood in the rain with her co-workers, holding a sign, because “this is our chance to show people the shutdown affects us,” she said.

Her husband also worked without pay at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The family hasn’t received a paycheck in two weeks. While planning has allowed them to cover their bills and put food on the table, Peterson said she’s had to tell her two daughters, who are 8 and 6 years old, they can’t buy Halloween costumes or go out to eat.

“When I got out of college, I took a job with the government because I thought it was secure,” Peterson said. “Things like this, I didn’t think I’d ever have to worry about.”

The Springfield workers should get backpay per their contracts when the government reopens for regular business. But even with a signed deal, Hanna said it’s unclear how long it could take for federal workers to receive their next paycheck. That’s why they urged Congress to take quick action.

“In the Miami Valley, you’ve got a lot of government employees. Stand up for the government employees. Quit playing posturing games,” Hanna said.

Steve Chance, a Dayton resident who is not a federal employee, stopped when he saw the protesters on the sidewalk and grabbed a sign. He said he wanted to show his support.

“This has just gone on too long. It never should have got to this point,” Chance said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

14-year-old recovers, smiles 2 months after being shot in head
14-year-old recovers, smiles 2 months after being shot in head

A 14-year-old girl is going home following a long hospital stay. Police say two teenage boys shot her in the head and left her for dead in a canal near their school. Deserae Turner of Smithfield, Utah, was found in extremely critical condition Feb. 17, KSL reports. Two 16-year-old boys are accused of luring Deserae to join them after school...
Sunshine and warmer temperatures this week
Sunshine and warmer temperatures this week

More sunshine today - Tuesday A warming trend kicks in this week Showers/Storms Today: We’ll see more sunshine today, with a few more clouds possible mainly south of 70 and east of 75. Highs today will be in the middle to upper 60s. Tonight: Mostly clear skies are expected overnight tonight with lows in the middle 40s. Monday: ...
Police officer helps boy tie necktie in heartwarming viral photo
Police officer helps boy tie necktie in heartwarming viral photo

A police officer is going viral after teaching a boy how to tie a tie when he was “too embarrassed” to ask for help. X’zavier was at the Indiana Statehouse recently to receive the “Youth of the Year” award from his local Boys and Girls Club, according to Inside Edition. X’zavier was escorted to the ceremony...
Beloved school crossing guard begins fight with cancer after losing mom, sister to disease
Beloved school crossing guard begins fight with cancer after losing mom, sister to disease

A beloved crossing guard is saying goodbye to her students, for now, as she begins a battle with cancer. Sanjuana Torres has been a part-time crossing guard at the Rusk School in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. She knows just about every child’s name, and they love her. “She’s family. She’s everything. She was our first friend...
10-year-old boy with autism arrested at school
10-year-old boy with autism arrested at school

Luanne Haygood, the mother of a 10-year-old boy with autism, is angry that her son was arrested earlier this month at his Florida school for allegedly punching and kicking his teacher six months ago. Okeechobee County school resource officers put the child in handcuffs at Okeechobee Achievement Academy, but Haygood said the school district isn&rsquo...
More Stories