Like other companies in the business of providing goods and services to the federal government, Tista Science and Technology Corp. of Rockville, Maryland, has been forced to furlough workers until the government reopens. About 40 percent of its 140-person workforce is now on leave.
To help those employees, company president Ahmed R. Ali and other executives have decided to forgo their own pay, with the proceeds going to help pay the salaries of those furloughed. In addition, Ali and the executives, as well as those still working, are donating their unused leave to the furloughed employees, also helping to soften the blow.
“It’s all about our folks,” Ali said. “Our employees are the ones who make us successful.”
Ali has also suggested his employees follow his lead and call members of Congress to tell them to reopen the government, which partially shut down Oct. 1 after House Republicans refused to pass a spending bill that didn’t also defund or delay the new health-care law that extends coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.
Lawmakers “need to hear directly from us how this has impacted us,” he said.