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Furloughed El Pasoan talks of struggles, uncertainty faced
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- A federal contract employee furloughed until further notice, spoke to KFOX 14 about the uncertainty she and so many others currently face.
"We're contractors, so I mean, we don't work directly under the government but you know, we're contracted for the employees. So if the employees aren't then obviously we're not working," said Courtney Castro, an employee with Glacier Technologies.
Castro provides I.T. assistance to U.S. Forest Service employees.
After about four hours into the first day of the government shutdown, she said she was sent home.
"As soon as it happened, like the very next day, we could tell right away we weren't getting any business," Castro said.
Then the next few days, she'd only work an hour, and then be sent home.
"I believe Friday is when they called us and told us that we're going to be put on furlough until further notice," Castro said.
This is the first week she's officially been off the clock -- without pay.
"Right now, I guess I'm looking for a temporary job to bring in income. I mean I still got bills to pay, I mean, everything," Castro said.
And to fill her time, she's putting all her focus on her online schooling.
In the meantime, she's already had to make a huge sacrifice.
"My mom's watching my daughter for me, in the meantime. I can't afford babysitting costs and stuff like that," Castro said.
Castro said the perks are what made her take the job in the first place.
"It's steady, better hours, better pay, better benefits, and when something like this happens, you wouldn't figure it would happen," Castro said.
And now, living in limbo is just part of daily life.
"They just basically called us and told us don't come back in the office until further notice. We'll get back to work when the government gets back to work," Castro said.
As far as back pay goes, Castro said she's not sure if she'll be getting any.