Furlough notices sent to Maxwell AFB civilians

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Notices have begun going out to civilian employees at Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex about furloughs that will amount to a 20 percent cut in pay during the next few months.

The furlough notices soon should be in the hands of all of the slightly more than 1,900 employees affected by the furloughs, Maxwell spokesman Phil Berube said.

The civilian employees will be furloughed for 11 days starting July 8 through the end of the of the fiscal year Sept. 30. Workers will be working four days a week during that time period.

The notices started going out to workers Tuesday, Berube said.

Some civilian workers are exempt, including those working jobs that involve safety, those in combat zones and those working on sexual assault prevention.

The furlough amount is half of the originally announced 22 days. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been quoted in media reports as saying that it is possible that the furloughs might be reduced further.

There are a wide range of civilian workers at Maxwell, including Berube and others in the public affairs office.

Berube said there will be an economic impact on civilian workers as well as an impact on the ability to do all the things that need to be done.

“It will be a short workweek, but I still have to do the work. I just have one less day to do the work, and you (can) multiply that by 1,900 people,” he said.

The furloughs affect the vast majority of civilian workers throughout the Department of Defense, Berube said.

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