WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) - Fewer workers than expected will be furloughed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Just over 10,000 received furlough notices Friday. The initial estimate was 13,000 would be furloughed.
"It was always a ballpark number and as decisions were made on exceptions, that 13,000 number has changed," said base spokesperson Daryl Mayer. "We now have just over 10,000 set to received furlough notices and approximately 2,300 to receive exception notices. However, it probably won't change by much."
Civilian employees will be forced to take one day off a week. The number of days was cut back from the original number of 22 days off.
The 11 unpaid days off, which will start July 8th and run until Sept. 21st, are part of the Air Force's response to the federal spending cuts known as sequestration.
The furlough days will mean a 20 percent pay cut for workers during those 11 weeks. According to 88th Air Base Wing Commander Colonel Cassie Barlow the cut will mean a $50 million loss in pay, which will have an impact on the Miami Valley's economy.
The base will also take a hit in productivity.
"We have come to the conclusion that without 70 percent of our workforce for 11 days there will be work that won't get done," Barlow says. "There's going to be work that will be piling up over that time period."
Each furloughed worker has their own story of the hardship they have to deal with.
Col. Barlow says that's why even though they knew this was a possibility, it's still a tough time.
"We've had to look them in the eye and tell them we can't pay them for 11 days," Barlow says.
Laura Mays says her 6-year-old son doesn't know what a furlough is, but soon he'll learn about its impact.
"What I'm not going to be doing is taking my child to amusement parks," Laura says. "I'm not going to be going out on shopping trips."
When you have student loans and babysitters to pay for like Laura does, the pay cut can be difficult to handle.
"I'm extremely frustrated with the impact sequestration is going to have on my family," Laura says.
Others like Ken LaRock have taken on a part time job to make up the difference.
But that means less time with his wife, who's active duty and will be deployed to Afghanistan in November.
"That's been more time away from my family than I'd like, so that's a big challenge," Ken says.
Barlow says there are so many notices some won't be handed out until next week.
Workers then get 7 days to ask for an exemption, but those are only granted if your job impacts the protection of life or property.
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