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Crane Furloughs Expected To Start Early July

Civilian employees at Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane have five days to make the case for why they should not be subject to 11 furlough days that are the result of sequestration.

Crane employees received a preliminary notice Tuesday that the 11 weeks of furloughs would begin July 8 and end September 27, with employees being forced to take off one unpaid day each week.

The union has one week from receiving the notice to respond and make the case for why Crane employees should be exempt.

American Federation of Government Employees local union president Jimmy Colvin says he thinks they have a good case. He says the projects Crane employees work on generate revenue for the department of defense and should therefore be allowed to continue.

“We create monies. We make monies, therefore, this furlough is not going to save the DOD any monies,” he says. “Matter of fact its going to cost them money because we’ve been paid to do those tasks, now that you’re going to furlough us, which will cause our organization to under-execute their mission.”

A spokesman from Crane says officials there cannot comment until the furlough dates are official.

The Department of Defense plans to furlough 680,000 civilian employees nationwide. The DOD recently reduced the length of the furloughs from 22 days down to 11 days.

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