Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune says civilian workers could be furloughed due to sequestration federal budget cuts, and they will be notified at least 30 days in advance. That means the temporary unpaid leave could go into effect as soon as mid to late April. Camp Lejeune officials did not offer a specific number of workers expected to be furloughed. Camp Lejeune officials say top priorities will remain the requirements and readiness levels of the operating forces, Wounded Warriors and families.
We now only have two days before 85 billion dollars in federal cuts will automatically take effect and Jacksonville is one city in the east sure to feel the effects because of Camp Lejeune.
Those who could see a tremendous impact Friday are the 5,000 civilian workers on base. That means firefighters, police officers, teachers, even hospital workers could be forced to take furloughs, which would amount to a 20 percent cut in pay.
Al Burgess works for the Department of Defense on base and is one of the people who would be affected by deep cuts. He's also the president of the American Federation of Government Employees. He says the emergency budget cuts stretch much further than civilian workers. Burgess says, "A lot of the companies and businesses are military driven. We can't afford to lose 20 percent of our pay. We can't have people losing their jobs. Businesses are going to have less people frequenting their organizations. You got to have money to spend money."
According to officials on base, civilian workers will have more information on Friday if a deal isn't reached.