Furloughs begin next week for Defense Department civilians; job cuts may be on horizon

  • Article by: LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 11:22 PM

WASHINGTON — More than 650,000 civilian Defense Department workers will begin taking the first of their 11 unpaid days off next week, but the cut in salary they will see in the three months may pale compared to what officials worry could be larger scale layoffs next year.

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regionguyJul. 5, 1311:19 PM

I am pretty much never happy to see someone lose their job or get furloughed. But I confess to not feeling bad to see government workers share the pain that many private-sector workers have had to face over the last five years. My dream? To see an economy sound enough that anyone who wants to work hard will have a reasonably-paying job, public or private.

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mplssellJul. 6, 13 7:54 AM

Defense Industry is on the downtick - all other industries are on the upswing, adapt.

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honeybooJul. 6, 13 9:19 AM

You could cut half of military spending and not affect our defense capabilities. The same applies to the rest of the federal budget.

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basia2186Jul. 6, 13 5:45 PM

Furlough sounds so draconian! When my ore mine had a reduction in demand, our union voted to cut everyone by 10 hours a weeke rather than have any layoffs. That is a 20% cut in pay. After a few pay periods, budgets were adjusted accordingly and we all liked the 32 hour work week. The feds only allow 22 days per year of unpaid leave. Not even 1/2 of a day per week. They will survive, and become more efficient! We are TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT! Every program should be cut by 10% tomorrow for starters.

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