Local union creates shutdown parody

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A screencapture from the YouTube shutdown song parody produced by members of the AFGE Local 2157. (YouTube/AFGE Local 2157)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The federal government shutdown is inspiring protest across the country — including right here in Portland.

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees took their message to YouTube Oct. 4. It’s a take on the song “You’re going to miss me when I’m gone.”

“I got my paycheck for the government shutdown, as Congress we don’t work for free,” the women sing in their shutdown parody. “We’ve convinced the general public that it’s in their best interest that they work for free.”

The local AFGE 2157 wrote the song as if they were members of Congress who still are getting paid during the shutdown.

It looks like Congress and the White House will eventually pay back furloughed workers once the shutdown is over. But laid-off workers say it doesn’t help much in the short-term when bills are due.

In Oregon and Washington there are more than 30,000 furloughed workers. The YouTube video urges followers to call their Congressional representatives via the AFGE call-forwarding service, 1.888.775.3148.

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