How government shutdown will affect the Rock Island Arsenal
The government shut down will hit us right here at home. The Quad Cities largest employer, the Rock Island Arsenal will be affected.
Since congress couldn't agree on a budget we know that some arsenal employees will show up to work today and find out they're temporarily out of the job.
But there are still a lot of questions; we don't know exactly how many and for how long.
With no money to pay them, we're told an estimated 3,000 of the arsenal's 8,000 employees will likely face furloughs. But again we still don't have a definite number at this time.
Union President Steve Beck tells us the workers affected will come from the largest agencies on the island, like joint munitions command and army sustainment command.
He also says it's still unclear if factory workers will be affected, because they are paid from a different source. Now there's no time frame for when these temporary lay–offs will end, but they do start immediately and last until congress agrees on a budget.
"It just amounts on families too. I mean you take a hit now, and maybe next year we'll be taking another hit either days off or potentially just completely losing jobs so it's very difficult," said President of AFGE Local 15 Steve Beck.
Beck adds that the government shutdown won't just impact families of workers, it will impact everyone.
"And it does impact our local economy, you know. It's 10's of millions of dollars for days off. The 6 days we took off was roughly $15 million in lost wages and income to the Quad Cities," said Beck.
We'll continue to follow this story and bring you the latest.
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