With the government shutdown some 90% of employees at the EPA and the IRS have got a modest vacation on their hands. The two have been the administrations kneecappers for the last 5 years stifling economic growth and political dissent. The EPA puts you out of work and the IRS insures you can't complain.
Now with a furlough in effect, EPA employees are protesting the loss of their jobs. Big deal. I'm going to guess that in less than a month they'll all be back to work and the SEIU will have gotten them their back pay for the period during which they weren't working.
In the mean time, welcome to the real world.