Morrisville, N.C. — A federal government union will protest the partial shutdown outside of Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 700,000 federal and Washington, D.C. government workers, will picket outside of Terminal 2 between 1 and 1:30 p.m.
In a statement, the union said it was protesting “the use of federal workers as pawns in the political fight.”
Parts of the federal government have been shut down since Dec. 22. Many employees, including those with the Transportation Security Administration, Farm Service Agency and Environmental Protection Agency, have been furloughed or required to work without pay.
The shutdown is centered around President Donald Trump’s call for $5.7 billion in federal funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in what he has called an immigration crisis.
Data from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management show more than 44,000 civilian federal employees worked in North Carolina as of June 2018, the most recent data available. The state ranks 12th in the county among federal employment, just behind Ohio.
The bulk of North Carolina’s federal civilian workers are employed by agencies not affected by the shutdown, such the departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Army, Navy and Air Force. Almost 34,000 people in the state are employed by those agencies. The data does not include government contractors.