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The shutdown is over, but a Baltimore family is wondering when they will see their backpay

Posted: 10:25 AM, Jan 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-26 13:25:19-05
The shutdown is over, but a Baltimore family is wondering when they will see their backpay

BALTIMORE — Adam Wyndham isn’t usually around the airport around 8 p.m. on a Friday night.

That time was reserved by his two young daughters and his wife. But since the shutdown, his time at home lessened.

During the day he works as a professional aviation systems specialist for Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

For the last 35 days, that work has come with no pay so he picked up shifts driving for ride share apps.

After 35 days the government shutdown was temporarily lifted.

Wyndham and his family lost out on two paychecks that should have been used for a mortgage payment or groceries.

The shutdown has ended, but the backpay for the work during it still hasn’t started.

“There was some chatter a couple of days ago about how they are going to process some immediate money when all of this is over,” said Wyndham. “No official word yet on exactly when we will get our paychecks.”

A three-week temporary reopen is not what federal workers wanted to hear.

For Wyndham it means more of the catch up game and driving for Lyft and Uber on his days off and when he gets out of work.

He is still losing valuable time with his young daughters while he tries to keep the family afloat.

“Think of this as a hurricane and we’re in the eye of the storm right now,” Wyndham said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen in three weeks. This is just another continuing resolution that I believe we’ve been operating under for ten years one after another.”

Wyndham is just one of hundreds of thousands of workers who will now be stuck wondering if they will be back in the same spot three weeks from now.

“Just disappointed that it was only three weeks instead of a full-year funding bill,” Wyndham said. “A full-year funding bill would provide 800,000 federal employees plus the Coast Guard assurance that we would have a paycheck at least for the fiscal year, but we still don't know that.“

A temporary solution to this political staredown that is causing longstanding problems for families all over the country.