WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) - Even as furlough notices are handed out at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the battle to stop them continues.
"If we don't scream loud this time who knows what will happen in 2014 and beyond," says President of American Federation of Government Employees Council 214 Troy Tingey.
That's why AFGE Council 214 is asking workers across the country to request an exception from their 11 day furlough.
"Absolutely we are," Tingey says. "We're not only encouraging bargaining unit members, but management and non-bargaining as well."
Each worker has seven days from getting a furlough notice letter to ask for one.
But the notice letter itself says there will only be a small number of exceptions granted.
When 2 NEWS asked 88th Air Base Wing Commander Colonel Cassie Barlow about it Friday, she told us getting an exception depends on two things.
"Safety of life and property," Col. Barlow says. "They would have to come back with good reason of why they fall into that category."
Col. Barlow says firefighters, medics, child development workers and those who handle sexual assaults will get exceptions.
But Tingey thinks others could be included as well.
"It depends where they're working, what their mission is and how they write their appeals," Tingey says.
2 NEWS called the base Monday to ask how many people have requested an exception but was told it will be a week before they have those numbers.
Col. Barlow told us the base is prepared, even if thousands appeal.
"We're ready," Col. Barlow says. "Regardless, we're ready for however many letters we do get."
One thing that won't get you an exception is financial hardship.
But Tingey thinks that argument might still hold sway with Congress and the President once the furlough days start.
"Economically when they see the impact, the phones will be ringing in DC and that might play an issue on whether they continue for the full 11 days," Tingey says.
The furloughs will start July 8th.
About 2,300 base workers are exempt, that's different from an exception.
Basically, the exempt workers are funded with different money.
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