The notice requires employees to sign up for voluntary work including "cleaning toilets, cleaning toilet seat rings and handles, and wiping faucet handles with sterile wipes" once a week during government closures.
Since the closure of the U.S. government in December 2018, about 94% of Johnson Space Center's 3,055 federal employees have been forced to take unpaid leave.About 200 employees are still working to ensure the safety of astronauts aboard the International Space Station.。 The remaining on-the-job jobs are unpaid and are about to miss their second salary.
The cleaning company responsible for cleaning the space center told the Houston Chronicle that there were still cleaners working in the space company, though much less than usual.
The representative also said that if the government did not return to normal operation before the end of January, they would consider giving all employees a "vacation".
According to the report of Capitol Hill on January 16, the employees of Johnson Space Center who were forced to take unpaid vacations gathered at the entrance of the Space Center on January 16 to protest, demanding that the government end the suspension as soon as possible.
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