employees say they are beyond frustrated with no work from the furloughs.
they are filling out appeals to overturn them.
down the road, I'm losing 20% of my wage and it affects everything from all my
bills, none of my bills are going down by 20%, I don't get to take my children
out and do things I would like to do with them on the weekends," says William
Hansen, an electrician.
Hansen's dilemma is similar to the other 16 thousand employees who are forced
to take unpaid days off.
affects family at home, it affects how much money we got in the bank, how many
vacations we can go on," says Joe Findley, a welder.
why dozens of workers are doing something about it.
general it just affects everything moral, going to work knowing that I'm going
to get that paycheck but it's still going to be an awful lot shorter than it
used to be," says Findley.
at the rock island elks club, workers discussed what's unfair and reasons for
appealing the furloughs.
build armor kits for the soldiers, weapon parts, weapon systems, there are
upgrades, and we're making tank parts for new tanks coming out. If they don't
get those and get them ready, everybody is behind. The whole army, the navy,
whoever we're making those parts for all fall behind," says Michael Diehl, a
and timing were other big concerns for the furloughs interfering with work.
appeals will go to the merit systems protection board to be determined.
me not to show up and cutting my pay doesn't help anybody. It's not helping
getting product across seas. It's not helping supply anything we keep backed
up. To me, it's a lose–lose situation all the way around for everybody," says
The merit system federal agency will hold
a hearing on the appeals, and then take evidence for a decision.
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