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Federal workers protest government shutdown in Raleigh

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fed up federal workers took to the streets in downtown Raleigh Thursday to protest the government shutdown and express their frustration about not being paid while the politicians in Washington argue.

A group gathered in Moore Square to chant and wave signs showing their disgust. The workers say they are sick of staying home and being stressed.

The march was organized by local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees. About two dozen took part.

One worker explained the gridlock makes her feel like an object rather a valuable employee.

"We're almost all being used as pawns in a bigger political game and really all we are are federal workers who want to go to work and do our jobs," Silvia Saracco explained.

Some workers have used the unexpected time off to volunteer, but nearly everyone has been forced to find other ways to pay bills while being furloughed.

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