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A group of local unions, elected officials and residents gathered in Highland Falls Tuesday to picket the government shutdown. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny has more.
HIGHLAND FALLS, N.Y. -- Workers, union leaders, local lawmakers lined West Point Highway just outside gates to West Point Tuesday, calling for an end to the 15 day long stalemate in Washington.
"This wasn't created by us. This wasn't created by working families of America. It was created by a bunch of hard headed egotistical individuals in Congress that don't give a damn about our country, that don't give a damn about our children and enough is enough," said Done Hale, Local AFGE 2367 President.
Workers say this is affecting more than just their jobs, but also their ability to pay their bills.
"They're not remembering the people they're hurting and that's why we're all here trying to let them know this is who they're hurting. You've got to open government back up. You've got to raise the debt ceiling. You've got to do the right thing here," said Assemblyman James Skoufis.
While thousands of workers at West Point, once furloughed, are now back on the job, union leadership says the promise of getting paid is no longer enough.
Hale said, "We've got hundreds of thousands of employees that are being forced to work, not getting paid, 100,000 employees still being furloughed."
Hale says some sort of compromise needs to be reached soon by lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
"It's important that we do what's right for our children, for our country and we need to stand in solidarity," Hale said.
Hale says these workers took an oath to do their job and they just want to get paid for it.