Traffic was bustling on NASA Road 1 as the furloughed workers from JSC picketed.
The demonstration was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2284.
Kathy Green has worked for the space agency for 37 years.
“My opinions and my feelings that they’re not thinking about our family, and their family is being taken care of because they’re getting paid. And then, when we have to try to pull from somewhere else to try to pay our bills, I have a problem with that.”
Robert Dubois doesn’t work for NASA but says he understands their plight.
“I come from a background like that. My father was a textile worker, third grade education was the biggest he’s ever had, so I am in tune with how they struggle working. So, I’m here to help them, and they’re not alone.”
Union president Bridget Broussard-Guidry is a furloughed NASA worker.
“On October 2, I would have received my 30 year service award, but because of the furlough, that’s gonna have to be rescheduled. And we can’t let them forget about the federal employees. That’s why we’re here, so our voices can be heard. We have families we have to take care of.”
After two weeks of no work, Broussard-Guidry says she and other workers are now having to dip into their reserve funds to pay the bills.
“I had a rainy day fund, and it depended on how many days it’s raining, it’s pouring. It’s pouring raining, and I am tapping into my savings.”
Out of 3,100 NASA employees, only a hundred are on the job supporting the Space Station. Several thousand NASA contract workers are also off the job due to the partial government shutdown.