Families squeezed by both LA teachers' strike and government shutdown struggle to make ends meet

ABC News | 1/16/2019 | Staff
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For 26 days, furloughed U.S. government workers have been wondering when they will be able to work and get paid. For three days, Los Angeles public school teachers have been wondering the same. For a number of families, both uncertainties are a reality.

In families in which one partner works for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the other works for the federal government, the new year has started with two missing paychecks.

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Xochilt Valdivia-Ford was well prepared to strike, she thought. The second-grade teacher at Montara Avenue Elementary School in South Gate, like the 30,000 other teachers currently on the picket line in Los Angeles knew the walkout was a possibility and knew what it could cost, she said.

"I have been preparing for the strike since last year. I was able to save the recommended three months' salary, so I felt confident that my family would not take a financial hit," Valdivia-Ford told ABC News in an email. "But my husband's income has been taken away."

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Despite all of her planning and savings, the couple was not prepared for the shutdown. Her husband works for the Department of Justice and has been working without a paycheck for nearly four weeks.

The teachers, who work for the second largest public school district in the country, are striking to protest large class sizes, low salaries, and thin support staff, the union says. The two sides remain at an impasse, with the school district saying the money is not in the budget.

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Meanwhile, in Washington, the president and Congress remain deadlocked over the building of a wall on the Mexican border, Trump's marquee campaign promise. In the balance is the funding of the government itself, but the impasse remains nearly where it was at the end of last year when the shutdown began.

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