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Worker furloughs near at Indiana's Crane base

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Officials at southern Indiana's Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center say one-day-a-week unpaid furloughs are about to start for its thousands of civilian workers.

Base officials told the Washington Times-Herald that the furloughs caused by automatic federal budget cuts will start the week of July 8 and continue through September. The base's nearly 3,100 Navy employees and 800 Army workers will see a 20-percent pay cut during that time.

The American Federation of Government Employees local union that represents Crane workers argues the furloughs won't save money and will hurt projects done at the base southwest of Bloomington. The union said the furlough of Crane police officers will force a gate closing, leading to U.S. 231 traffic backups.

Work at Crane ranges from defusing old bombs to developing jamming devices.

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  • No Furloughs
    These furloughs are bound to hurt our economy. Ironic that no one reports that German nationals are getting raises, an extra day off and bonuses. See for yourself. http://www.stripes.com/news/europe/germans-strike-pay-raise-deal-for-on-base-workers-1.226411
  • sounds like...
    a good start, but cutting the Dept of War budget by 50% should be the real goal...as long as our govt spends so much tax $$$ on WAR then we'll continue to suffer the consequences of cuts to education, health care, infrastructure, etc...but hey who cares if kids are stupid and people 50,000 Americans die every year due to no health insurance as long as the greedy warmongers get their HUGE $$$
  • Bigjer Who? Bigjer What?
    Bigjer, it appears that the “lazy” Ft. Ben employees have more to troll websites in the middle of the day. *POW* #SomeoneGetTheBurnCream
  • 4,000 furloughed Indianapolis
    Sorry 4,000 employees Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Indianapolis, more than 4,000 federal employees providing a range of finance and accounting services to the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and 26 Defense Agencies worldwide.
  • what about indy
    I guess the thousands who work at the Defense Accounting Center at old Fort Ben are of no concern to the "Indianapolis" Business Journal? They have the same schedule anbd we are talking thousands of workers. Of course these are just lazy worthless federal employees so who cares.

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