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APALA Statement on the Government Shutdown

A Demand to House Republicans to End the Obstruction and Hostile Takeover

Washington D.C. – The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, the nation’s first and only organization for Asian Pacific American workers, demand House Republicans end the government shutdown and prevent any further damages to the economy & working families. Nearly 1 million of the 2.1 million federal employees are furloughed with no guarantee of retroactive pay while many others continue to work without pay.

“The actions by House Republicans are inexcusable,” said Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President. “Congress cannot continue to govern on crisis and one party’s agenda cannot rule over the will of the American people. Workers deserve fair pay and job growth, not job loss. Low income women and children must be able to access food and healthcare services. As the shutdown continues, our country’s morale will be severely impacted and voters will remember the poor choices of congressional leaders.”

Gregory Cendana, APALA Executive Director added, “The shutdown not only impacts federal employees but also the DC community and people who rely on support for survival. The GOP shutdown reflects an alarming neglect of the real lives that depend on our government’s ability to resolve issues and not hold us hostage for healthcare legislation that has passed in Congress, was signed by the President & upheld by the Supreme Court. There are important issues that we need our congress to address such as comprehensive immigration reform. We call on congress to do its job and for House leadership to come to their senses.”


The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO was founded in 1992 as the first and only national organization for Asian Pacific American union members to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights. For more information, visit and follow@APALAnational

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