The Army and the Quad Cities are about to take a hit.
After across the board spending cuts, Department of Defense employees will soon begin taking furloughs, or days without pay. That means starting July 8, more than 6,000 civilian employees at the Rock Island Arsenal will have to take one day off per week without pay for the next three months.
Arsenal Union President Steve Beck says the furloughs will not only impact the Army's ability to get equipment out into the field, but will also reach outside the island.
"It's going to have an impact on the Quad Cities," Beck says. "People many not feel it immediately, but we think a lot of businesses in the community will see a downturn in dollars spent because of the large impact of 6,000 employees."
Beck says their goal is to try and make sure furloughs don't happen again next year.
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