Demonstrators rally Thursday outside AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, calling for an end to the partial government shutdown. About 800,000 workers are about to miss their paychecks. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

The American Federation of Teachers has started an interest-free loan program for thousands of members affected by the partial shutdown of the federal government.

The AFT represents not only teachers but also other government employees, including corrections officers, firefighters, engineers and budget analysts who work in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other tribal agencies. The union is offering one-year interest-free, no-credit-check loans of up to $1,500, with no payments due until after the shutdown has ended.