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Jan. 10, the 20th day of the partial government shutdown

NASA Ames employees received a $100 union fee refund check in a Ramada hotel room near the NASA Ames Research Center. It's not much, but it’s all the Ames Federal Employee Union can do to help its members during the government shutdown. If the shutdown continues into Friday, Jan. 11, Sanborn said he will miss a paycheck, making it hard for the Gilroy resident to support his wife and two daughters.

“I have a lot of colleagues, including myself, who, if this goes on for even another week or two, we’re going to have to find another career outside the government,” Sanborn said.

Along with refunding members their union fees, AFEU workers spent the morning helping NASA employees sign up for low-interest loans and unemployment insurance.

Jan. 18, the 28th day of the partial government shutdown

NASA Ames workers are still not getting paid and the research center is still closed. In protest, NASA Ames federal employees, contractors, retired workers and local supporters gathered midday at the Ramada hotel near the research center and marched to its gates to hold a rally.

Jan. 26, the first Saturday after the government reopens

Many NASA Ames employees have taken out loans to keep up with groceries and mortgage, car, credit card and rent payments. To help ease the stress, Second Harvest Food Bank has brought food to the research center's visitor parking lot. NASA Ames workers are able to grab as much as they need. There is everything from canned goods to fresh produce to meat.

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