GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH)-- The hundreds of small business military contractors in Connecticut are breathing a collective sigh of relief. But because the deal only guarantees that work will resume until January 15th, it's just postponing the stress and worry over what will happen next.
What the employees News 8 spoke with Thursday are saying to congress is 'get your act together and don't let this happen again.'
Twenty-five-year-old Justin Zachorewitz of Middletown had his Marine Corp Reserve drill canceled this month because of the shutdown so he won't get that pay.
He has only worked at Habco Testing and Support Equipment for six months, a company heavily dependent on military contracts.
"It's tough, it's scary, you never know if you're going to have a job tomorrow...ya know...it's definitely scary," said Zachorewitz.
At the 'Habco' they still haven't heard if their government orders that were delayed by the shutdown are coming back online but they presume they are now that the government is back open.
But the idea they might go through this again in January is not sitting very well.
"We make a hiring decision on a long term basis. We don't want to hire someone, then furlough them three months later, then bring them back when work picks up. We want to make long term planning decisions," said Paul Rocheleau, HABCO Testing & Support Equipment.
About 40 percent of all the work there is related in some way to a government military contract. The 40 employees here kept a close eye on stalemate in Washington the employees there in the plant and in the office.
Vincente Sanchez of Willimantic has been with the company for twenty years, he says he is only somewhat relieved by the deal in Washington.
"It really is concerning to me, they keep kickin the can down the road," said Sanchez.
Like Justin, Chelsea Stokes of Middletown is a recent hire.
"As a new employee, I mean, it's definitely a little bit concerning...you're always kind of waking up...seeing what the news has to say...and...you know...kow that your job is on the line...it's a little nerve wracking," said Stokes.
Employees there have a clear message for Congress.
"Get your act together...you know..a lot of people depend on your jobs," said Stokes.
"Clean up your act and...you know..don't let this happen again," said Zachorewitz.
There are thousands of people like Justin, Chelsea, and Vicente that have jobs that depend on this government work.
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