Help for AFT members affected by government shutdown

Read Randi Weingarten's statement on the deal to end the government shutdown 

The Trump shutdown hurt hundreds of thousands of federal workers and the millions of people we serve.

Thanks to your work—including phone calls, emails and rallies—we were able to put enough pressure on Congress and Trump to reopen the government. But some AFT members and their families may still need help coping with the day-to-day financial hardships resulting from the shutdown.


Special assistance for FISE members

The AFT is offering our members a special one-year, interest-free, no-credit-check loan of up to $1,500. No payments will be due on these loans until after the shutdown has ended. Borrowers can take up to 12 months to repay the loans.

If you are interested in accessing this special member benefit, please fill out this short form. The AFT will verify your membership, and you will then be contacted by the AFL-CIO credit union, which will be administering the loan, to complete the process.

Federal government resources

U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) furlough guidance

U.S. Department of the Interior contingency plans for operations in the absence of appropriations, including

Federal Student Loan Debt

If you have federal student loan debt and are currently not receiving a paycheck, you should know that income-driven repayment plans are an option for your student loans. IDR plans are repayment plans where your monthly payment is based on your adjusted gross income and family size, rather than how much you owe. When your income is low or zero, your payments through these plans can be as low as $0 a month, and you will continue making progress toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and other loan forgiveness even while making $0 payments. You can recertify your income on the basis of an income decrease at any time. For more information, click here.

AFT member benefits

Union Plus offers financial, homeowner and healthcare assistance for union members and families

United Way

United Way’s 2-1-1 program is available in communities across the country to help people in need, including workers impacted by the federal government shutdown.


Free hot meals for government employees and their families, now available nationwide through a series of partner chefs, restaurants and food trucks.

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