If the government workers are not getting paid why should they. Question should be why are they in that situation in the first place. Is it because the two parties don't want to have negotiations to come to an agreement? Are they even putting the effort to go to the table & negotiate or just demand? Why does it have to take away one's paycheck while required to do their job but not the ones who are not willing to negotiate to come to an agreement still collecting a paycheck? There workers are just trying to make a living for their lives & families. If they all start to find other means to work outside the government who's going to want a job that can take away you way of living & expect them to do it without pay? Common sense would tell me not many when they could find other jobs that don't put their employees in that situation & there's plenty of jobs out there.