Civilians to take furlough days at Fairchild AFB

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by HONORA SWANSON

KREM.com

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 2:57 PM

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. – Military bases around the country, including Fairchild, are facing budget cuts. Now, hundreds of FAFB civilian workers have been notified they'll have dozens of forced days off without pay. Added up, it’s the equivalent of a 20 percent cut in pay.

Fairchild says each civilian will be forced to take 22 days off in the upcoming months. It will be in the form of one forced, unpaid day off per week.

That makes it tough on many families, who say they’ll have to change how they live.

“I'm scared,” pharmacy technician, and father, Kevin Pittsley said. “We're actually going to move out of this place because of this.”                                                                          

The military hasn’t finalized when the furlough days begin, but it anticipates between April 21-25 with an end date of Sept. 21.

Civilians KREM 2 spoke with say their retirement and paid vacation will also suffer since those are based on the hours they work.

The Department of Defense says it’ll do it's best to keep health benefits untouched.

Fairchild says active military personnel aren't affected.

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