The president of a federal workers' union wrote to lawmakers Thursday asking them to authorize back pay for government employees furloughed during the possible government shutdown.
NTEU has 150,000 members who work in several major federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the IRS and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kelley's letter comes as other federal worker unions prepare for a government shutdown. Officials at the American Federation of Government Employees have said they would likely file a lawsuit against the federal government for workers' pay if a shutdown occurs.