Iowa City VA Employees Protest Government Shutdown

By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Protesters assembled outside the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Iowa City to protest the ongoing government shutdown.

"The continued lockout is affecting our members and the American public. We want to do our jobs and the public wants and needs the services we provide," local union leader Patrick Kearns, an employee at the VA hospital, said in a prepared statement.

Kearns led a protest last week outside the hospital that brought out dozens of upset hospital employees and other federal workers.

The impact of the shutdown hasn’t significantly impacted the hospital. Last week Kearns said several employees had been furloughed while others were being asked to work for no pay. The employees said their protest is in support of everyone effected by the shutdown nationally.

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