WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) - Furlough notices will be sent out to approximately 13,000 civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base beginning Friday, base officials announced.
The 11 unpaid days off are part of the Air Force's response to the federal spending cuts known as sequestration.
"Wright Patterson Air Force Base has about 70 percent of our employees that are civilians," explained 88th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Cassie Barlow, "So, if you can imagine any one day of the week losing 70 percent of your workforce, that's the biggest concern. The other concern is that we are going from a 40 hour week back to a 32 hour week."
Civilian employees will be asked to take one day off a week from June through September. The furloughs would start Sunday, June 16 and last 14 weeks. The number of days was cut back from the original number of 22 days off.
A spokesman for the base tells 2 NEWS a media briefing is planned for 2 p.m. Friday.
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