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Amalgamated Transit Union offers free meals to feds impacted by shutdown

ABC7

As the partial government shutdown stretches on, more and more organizations are stepping up to help federal workers and contractors who are now furloughed or working without pay.

This week, the Amalgamated Transit Union announced it will serve free meals to impacted workers and their families.

"We believe in helping workers. And we believe in helping the community. So it was decided that we would serve food to the workers and their families the remainder of the week," said Oscar Owens with ATU.

The meals with be served Monday, January 14 thru Friday January 18 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center. That's located at 10000 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring.

ATU is the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada, and its headquarters are located in Silver Spring.

Owens said none of ATU’s members are impacted by the government shutdown, but they want to support other members of other unions who are among the 800,000 federal employees and contractors now furloughed or working without pay.

"When one union is impacted, all unions are impacted, and that is why the ATU is stepping up to the plate, doing what we think we can do to help out," said Owens. "Those federal workers who missed their paychecks on Friday, they need some help."

Workers impacted by the shutdown just need to bring their federal employee identification card to the Tommy Douglas Conference Center, and the ATU says they and their families will receive a free meal.

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