AFGE Calls On Department of Defense To Pay Workers for Unnecessary Furloughs

August 6, 2013

After budget cuts were put into effect because of the sequester, the Department of Defense began implementing furloughs for 650,000 civilian employees that would cost those workers 11 days of salary at a time when the economy is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has since announced that the number of furlough days will be cut from 11 to 6.  The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) applauded the change, but said that it didn't go far enough.

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