Military begins civilian furloughs to meet budget

Jul 08, 2013 -- 8:00am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Civilians at Alaska military facilities will begin involuntary days off from work starting Monday. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Department of Defense is cutting civilian work schedules to four days as part of budget cuts. Congress approved $1.2 trillion in government cuts, referred to as sequestration, through 2021 unless alternatives were approved by March 1. Congress could not agree on alternatives. The cutbacks in the Fairbanks area will affect 960 Fort Wainwright and 300 Eielson Air Force Base civilians through September. Exceptions were made for firefighters battling wildfires. Bill Ward, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1834, says doctors, nurses and emergency dispatchers were not spared the cutback in hours.

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