Guards at federal prisons are not being paid during the government shutdown, but still have to show up to work, while inmates continue to receive checks for the work they do at the facility.


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"There's different funding for inmate pay, and that has been funded," explained Michele Kunkel, President of the Government Employees Union Local 4040. Both Kunkel and her husband are employed at the prison in Yankton, S.D.


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Kunkel says she "certainly hopes" they will receive back pay for the time that they did not receive checks during the shutdown.