‘Essential’ but unpaid National Weather Service employees insert secret message into nightly bulletin

By Scott Kaufman
Friday, October 4, 2013 20:09 EDT
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This NASA satellite image shows Hurricane Michael (right) and Hurricane Leslie (centre) churning in the Atlantic Ocean. Michael has swelled to the first category three storm of 2012 as it churned far from land in the middle of the Atlantic, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC).
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Someone at the National Weather Service’s Alaska bureau has a message for those who have shut down the government: “PLEASE PAY US.”


As is evident from the image above — taken directly from the National Weather Service’s bulletin log — someone in the Anchorage office encoded the nightly weather forecast with their plea.

Raw Story contacted the Anchorage office, but was told that “no one wanted to comment right now.”

Although many National Weather Service employees are considered “essential” and are therefore exempted from the furloughs caused by the government shutdown.

However, as Dan Sobien, present of the NWS Employee Organization told Popular Science, these “essential” employes aren’t being paid.

“There’s no money to pay them,” he said. “Nobody knows when anyone’s going to get paid.”

In the meantime, these employees are being issued IOUs if they work despite the lack of compensation for their labor.

[Image via AFP]

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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