1,900 furlough notices being sent out for Maxwell AFB civilian workers | News
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA)- Furlough notices are going out to many civilian workers connected to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. Officials say the furloughs will be given to approximately 1,900 people and will start on July 8.
Everyone who will receive a notice should have it by June 5.
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said his office has been expecting the formal notices, adding there has been talk for some time about the effects sequestration will have on the River Region.
"Initially we were told as many as 6,000 would be affected for 22 furlough days," Mayor Strange said. The mayor said he has not seen the formal notice personally, but he's been told around 2,000 people will be affWhile I have not seen the notices, I have been told that around 2,000 will be impacted. He said he was told the furloughs would be for 11 days.
"While this is substantially less than originally announced, it certainly impacts the lives of those affected and will have an impact on the River Region economy," the mayor admitted. "I hope and trust our Senators and Congressional members will roll up their sleeves and get a military spending plan that will reflect our desire to maintain a strong military force."
Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Dist. 2) confirmed the total as being 11 days. "Though the impact of budget cuts on the civilian workforce has been cut in half, 11 days of furlough is going to make life difficult for many families," she said.
"I am disappointed in [Defense] Secretary [Chuck] Hagel's decision and not convinced this action is necessary in every instance," said Rep. Mike Rogers. "I question the Pentagon's implementation of the budget flexibility Congress provided. "
One civilian worker from Maxwell AFB, who did not want to be identified, spoke out about the effects of the unpaid days off. "If I run into a financial hardship, where will I go? Can I draw unemployment for that length of time for those furlough days? You know, there are a lot of unanswered questions," the person explained.
The Air Force originally planned 22 days of furlough for civilian employees due to sequestration, but funding flexibility allowed for that number to be reduced.
Maxwell AFB is not the only military installation in Alabama affected by sequestration.
In north Alabama at RedStone Arsenal, more than 15,500 furloughs are expected. Those notices will be sent out to civilian workers later in the week.
In east Alabama, the Anniston Army Depot is bracing for furloughs.
In south Alabama at Fort Rucker more than 2,200 civilian workers will be furloughed.
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