On the Eastern Shore of Virginia 122 Coast Guard personnel from three stations, including the station in Cape Charles, went without paychecks during their regular payday on Tuesday because of the partial government shutdown. 

By Ted Shockley

Imagine having a business with 122 workers spread from Chincoteague to Cape Charles that suddenly stops paying its employees.

Now imagine that those employees must continue to work at one of the Eastern Shore’s most important jobs, despite getting no pay.

That’s exactly what has happened with the three U.S. Coast Guard stations on the Eastern Shore of Virginia during the partial government shutdown, which stretched into its 26th day on Wednesday, Jan.16.

In all, 121 Coast Guard personnel are stationed at facilities in Chincoteague, Wachapreague and Cape Charles, said Petty Officer Shannon J. Kearney of the Coast Guard’s District 5 office in Portsmouth.

She said there is also one civilian employee of the Coast Guard on the Eastern Shore.

“As of right now, Coast Guard personnel are not getting paid and non-exempt civilians have been furloughed,” she said.

“Only civilians whose jobs help provide for national security or that protect life and property were exempt from furlough.”

National media reported 42,000 active-duty Coast Guard members were not paid on Tuesday, Jan. 15 — the scheduled payday. It is the only military service working without pay during the shutdown.

Funding for 800,000 federal employees has lapsed, and 380,000 have been furloughed without pay. The remaining 420,000 continue to work without pay.

That doesn’t include roughly a half-million employees of the U.S. Postal Service who continue to work because the postal service is self-funded.


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