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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS)  - A small group of North Texas federal workers took to the streets of downtown Dallas Thursday afternoon to protest the partial shutdown of the U.S. government.

These workers — all members of the American Federation of Government Employees union — say they are fed up with the furlough, ten days into the shutdown, and are hoping to catch the attention of other workers over the lunch hour.

They say the partial government shutdown has halted many government services and jeopardized the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers nationwide.

The union also says the federal government is the largest single employer in Dallas and the shutdown is affecting the local economy.

“We’d like to put a face to the federal shutdown,” said president of AFGE Local 1003, Jeanne Schultz.  “We also want to point out that federal employees themselves are the collateral damage of the budget stalemate that’s taking place in Washington D.C.   We’re working class families.  We have bills to pay, and there’s no promise of pay at this time for us,” said president of AFGE Local 1003, Jeanne Schultz.

Several small businesses have reported a ripple effect from the shutdown, which is costing them money.

Another similar protest was also held in Dallas last week.

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