About 4,200 civilian employees at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command in suburban Detroit are among those affected by the partial federal government shutdown.
Workers spent part of Tuesday securing computer equipment and tidying workspaces. The shutdown put them on furlough and many of them might not get paid in the near future.
TACOM workers in Warren had just completed six unpaid furlough days spread over recent months to compensate for federal budget cuts.
Paul Veselenak is president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1658, which represents about 5,000 workers at TACOM, which also is known as the Detroit Arsenal. Veselenak says: "People are frustrated. People are upset."