A federal agency’s arguably insensitive advice to furloughed workers highlights the bleak situation that many of the employees face.
“The agency that oversees federal workers has some advice for the 800,000 furloughed workers who are entering a seventh day without pay: Try bartering for your rent payment.
The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday provided sample letters that furloughed workers can send to their landlords in case they can’t make their rent payments. One of the letters suggests the cash-strapped workers could barter handyman services in exchange for rent money.
‘I would like to discuss with you the possibility of trading my services to perform maintenance (e.g. painting, carpentry work) in exchange for partial rent payments,’ the letter states. It also asks the landlords if they would consider a partial rent reduction because of the government shutdown.
Feds, here are sample letters you may use as a guide when working with your creditors during this furlough. If you need legal advice please consult with your personal attorney. https://t.co/t6h6OzALsS
— OPM (@USOPM) December 27, 2018
The partial government shutdown, which began on Saturday after negotiations hit an impasse over President Donald Trump’s $5 billion demand for funds to construct a wall along the southwestern border, is likely to extend into the new year after members of the House of Representatives were notified that no votes are expected to take place this week. Both the Senate and House reconvened Thursday after the Christmas break, but few lawmakers showed up on Capitol Hill.”
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