Pat Pelkowski says he loves his job. As an air traffic controller, the federal government considers Pelkowski an essential employee. So, he's still working but isn't getting paid.
"Air traffic controllers are like everybody else," Pelkowski says. "We've got mortgages. We've got utilities to pay."
Pelkowski has been watching and hoping for good news about efforts to end the government shutdown. He and other federal workers get a partial paycheck at the end of this week for the time they worked prior to October 1st. But after that, they have no idea when they'll get paid again.
"To have the government just shut down like this, it's frustrating to us," Pelkowski says. "The pay is only one aspect of it. You get the feeling of being unappreciated by those who are supposed to be our bosses."
We were also contacted by a local employee of the Social Security Administration. He gave us a copy of a letter given to him by his boss. It's a letter that workers can show to creditors. It explains they are not getting paychecks and asks they get a break from paying bills until they start getting paid again. But this worker says he's skeptical it'll be much help when his mortgage payment comes due.