Local civilian military workers worry about sequestration

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

According to the Air Force, the unions have until early March to propose their own plans for implementing the furlough.

Tasse said he met with other union presidents representing Air Force civilian employees last week. He said they will likely propose that the furlough days be consecutive: up to 22 days off in a row without pay.

That would allow workers to file for unemployment benefits in most states to help make up for the loss of income, he said.

The employees could schedule their unpaid leave over a five-month period.

If implemented that way, it would have the added benefit of threatening to interrupt day-to-day Air Force base operations, which may be unpalatable enough to stave off or weaken the furlough, Tasse said.

“I want to make this so painful that they will never, ever consider doing this again.”

To learn more, visit the Air Force Material Command's information page.

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