Local IRS workers protest cut in paycheck
Internal Revenue Service workers on furlough for the second time in less than a month gathered on Elm Street for a protest. (DOUG ALDEN/UNION LEADER)
Although they weren't working, it was hardly a day off. They were on furlough for the second time in less than a month, losing a full day of pay because of sequestration cuts in the federal government. It's a three-day weekend they neither wanted nor asked to have.
They're not alone. Sequestration is affecting workers at federal agencies throughout the country.
Friday's crowd was mostly members of the National Treasury Employees Union's New Hampshire chapter. They met outside the IRS office on Elm Street and made a short two-block march, setting up outside the office of U.S. Sen. Kelley Ayotte, R-NH.
After about an hour outside of Ayotte's office at the corner of Bridge and Elm streets, the group headed to the downtown office of U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH.
Magarian said that Friday was the second of five furloughs between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The first was May 24 and although they knew it was coming, the missing day of pay was a bit of a shock.
"She said 'That's not fair!,'" Magarian said.
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