If you’re walking by Independence Hall this morning you may see more than the usual tourists. Federal workers plan to gather on the mall to protest the partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22. This morning we have updates for you on which agencies and services have been affected by the shutdown and what could come next. Just across the street from this morning’s rally stands the American Bible Society which is dealing with its own kind of staff revolt. After issuing its employees a controversial ultimatum last year, some staffers have quit.
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It’s been over a year since the CEO of the American Bible Society announced a new employee policy: sign the company’s “Affirmation of Biblical Community” or resign.
What did the affirmation include? A promise not to lie, abuse drugs, or have sex before marriage — defined as between a man and a woman.
Staffers have until Jan. 18 to decide to sign. So far, just under 20 percent of the 200-year-old Society, which distributes Bibles across the globe, has chosen to leave instead.
The partial government shutdown continues and its effects continue to build, too. Federal workers plan to rally Tuesday morning at Independence National Historical Park to protest the shutdown and pay freeze.
Roughly 800,000 federal workers have gone without their regular paychecks since the shutdown began. National parks have closed, leaving garbage and human waste to pile up. Immigration Court in Philadelphia is shuttered. The list goes on.
What’s next? Federal courts could curtail operations if the shutdown continues and Pennsylvania pension funds could take a hit.
“NorEasterNick” Pittman, a high-octane South Jersey TV news personality, is not happy that NJ Transit’s Atlantic City Rail Line service has been suspended.
The weatherman has taken up the cause of the line’s restoration, even starting a petition last August that has been signed by more than 5,800 people.
For the Brigantine native and Mays Landing resident, it’s about more than a rail line. It’s about standing up for South Jersey.
It has been a very wet winter so far, @snapshot_ianw.
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