Pentagon Begins Notifying Workers of Their up to 11 Furlough Days

May 29, 2013

The Department of Defense has begun delivering furlough notices to civilian employees, who are scheduled to start taking up to 11 unpaid days beginning July 8.

An estimated 652,000 Defense employees, about 85 percent of the department’s civilian force, are receiving the notices, the result of automatic budget cuts mandated by sequestration.

But the union representing many defense employees said the furloughs are not a done deal, and it is urging workers to appeal the action to the Merit Systems Protection Board, an independent review body that protects federal workers from prohibited personnel practices.

“We are highly encouraging every employee to exercise that right,” said J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 270,000 defense workers. “They lose absolutely nothing by trying.”

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