Local civilian military workers worry about sequestration

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

Curt Kirkland, 48, is a civil engineer at Eglin. His wife is also a civil employee there.

He also is concerned the cuts will prevent his family from being able to meet their financial obligations, from house and car payments to their son’s college tuition.

His job requires security clearance that depends on a clean financial record, so if his credit takes a beating he is worried he eventually could lose his job.

Amanda Patterson, a 33-year-old civilian employee at NAS Pensacola with two children, said she may try to pick up a delivery job on the days she is required to take off to make up for the loss of income.

Civilian employees already haven’t had a cost-of-living pay raise for several years, Blount said.

“There is a lot of animosity in the local shops,” he said. “Morale has not been good.”

Local federal workers’ unions are concerned.



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