AFT Creates Interest-Free Loan Program for Federal Workers Impacted by Shutdown

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten Announced on Thursday January 10th a Loan Program for Public Sector Employees as the country heads into one of the longest government shutdowns in our history. The loans will be interest-free from the union for its members impacted by government shutdown.

Members of AFT impacted by the government shut down include corrections officers, firefighters, engineers, and budget analysts who work in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other tribal agencies. Many of these workers have continued to work despite the shutdown with no pay.

The AFL-CIO Employees Federal Credit Union helped the AFT create this loan program to ease the financial stress of their members during uncertain times.

In announcing the interest-free loan program, Weingarten said, “The Trump shutdown has plunged thousands of Americans into economic uncertainty and put critical services at risk—from corrections workers to food safety inspectors to those living on tribal lands. Government workers are missing rent and mortgage payments, defaulting on their student loan debt, and having to choose between food and medicine. As their union, we try to help whenever and wherever we can. This is the true meaning of unionism and solidarity: We have each other’s backs in every fight. No one who works full time should be expected to live without a paycheck simply because their elected leaders are playing politics with the federal workforce.”

AFT public employee members who are in need of assistance while furloughed can apply for interest-free loans or access more information at

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