Government staff protest outdoors the IRS constructing in Covington.
Cincinnati Enquirer

Furloughed federal worker Joe McDonald has sufficient cash to pay another mortgage cost on his household’s Fort Thomas residence.

“Then I am going to have to determine what to do,” stated the EPA employee as he held a “Cease the Shut-Down” signal Thursday outdoors an Inner Revenue Service processing middle in Covington.

About 40 individuals chanted statements pleading for an end to the federal government shutdown., now in its 20th day.

Authorities staff, National Treasury Employee Unions members and residents collect in Covington, KY outdoors of the IRS constructing to protest the government shutdown on Thursday Jan, 10, 2019. (Photograph: Phil Didion)

“You spend money on meals and that’s it,” McDonald stated of his household’s finances.

This is the second-longest authorities shutdown within the nation’s historical past, according to USA TODAY. On Saturday, the shutdown will become the longest ever. About 800,000 federal workers are going without pay.

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats remain deadlocked on a deal the president wants to fund a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Most of the government workers gathered outside the nearly half a million-square-foot tax processing center declined to speak out of fear of losing their jobs.

Workers from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in National Treasury Employees Union chapters 73 and 9 stood for nearly an hour in below freezing temperatures on a busy corner at Fourth and Johnson streets. 

Many drivers on one of Covington’s busiest streets blasted their horns at the protesters’ request.

Most of the nearly 3,000 “bargaining unit” IRS workers in Northern Kentucky offices are off work without pay, said Debbie Mullikin, chapter president of Local 73. The IRS employs up to 5,000 people in Covington at peak times.

“I have single moms who have lost their daycare slots because they can’t afford to pay daycare,” said Mullikin.

Workers and their families are at risk of becoming homeless if the shutdown wears on, she said.

Mullikin said she knows one 30-year-old mother of three for whom federal work is her only income.

“She’s not going to get a paycheck tomorrow or next month and her landlord is not willing to forgo the rent,” Mullikin said.

About 240 IRS employees in Covington are at work without pay because they are deemed essential, she said. 

“I have folks who are working in there who have to pay for daycare to come to work, have to buy gas…