Coast Guard sailors, civilians to go without pay

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The US. Coast Guard is the only branch of the military whose members will go without pay during the government shutdown unless the Congress and President can find a resolution.

    Roughly 44,000 U.S. Coast Guard employees are considered essential and will report to work this week without pay, with another 6,000 furloughed.

    The Coast Guard is the only arm of the military affected by the shutdown because it is funded through the Department of Homeland Security.

    For those furloughed any pay for the shutdown period would have to come retroactively, through an act of Congress. This would include civilians attached to the Coast Guard here in Juneau.

    Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy said in a statement on Wednesday, "Unless legislation is passed by Friday, Dec. 28, our military workforce will not receive our regularly scheduled paycheck for [Dec. 31]."

    All other branches fall under the Department of Defense, which continues to receive funding.

    More from News of the North

    Current Conditions

    Crude Oil Price