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Federal employee unions mobilize on brink of shutdown

With the click of a mouse, hundreds of thousands of federal workers can print out pre-designed protest signs reading, “Stop the Shutdown,” “Fund the Government” or “Congress, Do your job so I can do mine!”

On Monday night, hundreds of federal employees who live in Maryland dialed into a telephone town hall to ask about the increasingly likely prospect that their paychecks and and some of their benefits may be halted.

In Oak Park, Illinois, Treasury employees share information informally by phone about food banks, applications for unemployment and car pooling to save money on gasoline.