Chuck Conger works in a factory on the Rock Island Arsenal, and is the president of the local union there.
His story, is just one of thousands.
"It was dramatic to the work force, it was huge," he said.
Back in March, Conger and his fellow employees found out sequestration, would be hitting home, and hitting hard.
"It was really sad. You got up in the morning and you couldn't go to work," he said.
Each employee was required to take six unpaid furlough days.
Mandated by congress, it resulted in a 20% pay cut for Conger and his nearly 7,000 co-workers at the Arsenal.
For many, the money lost, was a devastating blow.
"The single–income parent, the father, the mother. They still had daycare to pay for, take care of, and they weren't able to do that. Just trying to make ends meet, it was really devastating for the work force," said Conger.
For Conger himself, he said his lifestyle changed for those six weeks.
"Going out to eat, going to, we thought about purchasing a different vehicle, we're not able to do that. Anything we wanted to do, everything was put on the back plate for a while," he said.
But the hardest part of the cuts for him, was more personal.
"Knowing I wasn't going to be able to perform what I was hired there to do. I mean I have nephews and nieces that are in the service, I'm not able to provide for them," said Conger.
Now that it's over, Conger just hopes it won't happen again.
"Sequestration hasn't done anything but hurt us," he said.
Conger and many of his fellow workers filed appeals with the Merit System Protection Board seeking reimbursements for the money they lost.
So far, they aren't sure if they'll get the money back.
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