The effects of the government shutdown are being felt in
North Carolina's prisons. Employees at FCC Butner were given their final partial
paychecks this week and that's not sitting well with some staffers.
William Boseman has been a correctional officer with the
Butner Federal Correctional Complex for more than a decade and said this week,
he received a partial paycheck, with a letter from the government explaining
that would be his last until Congress figures something out.
“How long, am I going to be able to maintain and hold on,
without getting a full paycheck” asked Boseman. “I will not quit. But I do need
our Congressmen and Senators to do what they need to do, to get this Country
back on its feet.”
Boseman said the Butner complex is home to some of the
country's and world's most dangerous criminals, and said he'll continue working
to “protect society”. He said although he is not getting paid, the inmates are.
Cheryl Daniel is a nurse at FCC Butner and said when she
received her final paycheck she was furious as well.
“How do they [employees] get to work? How do they get to
daycare? How do they carry out the normal functions of every day life, and
still come to work?” said Daniel.
Both Daniel and Boseman said they are members of the local
union and recently went to D.C. to protest, since they can't legally strike.