Federal employees will receive back pay for the time period when the government was shut down. However, much government work is now outsourced to contractors, and not all contractor employees will receive back pay. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7) has introduced a bill which would allow these employees to be recompensed.
Contact your Member of Congress and ask them to support H.R. 678, “To provide back pay to low-wage contractor employees, and for other purposes.” If they are already a cosponsor, thank them.