EAFB announces civilian worker furlough - KOTA Territory News

EAFB announces civilian worker furlough

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More than 500 civilian workers at Ellsworth Air Force Base were told they should expect a furlough notice in the next few weeks.

Civilian employees who work at the Air Force Financial Services Center - and in other areas on base - were told Thursday by 28th Bomb Wing Commander Colonel Kevin Kennedy that they should expect a furlough of 88 hours or up to 11 discontinuous workdays, which will results in a 20 percent reduction in weekly pay for each civilian worker.

Colonel Kennedy said the furlough notices are expected to begin going out May 28, and workers will have several days to respond or seek appeals.

Colonel Kennedy says the furlough will undoubtedly impact the base's ability to carry out its mission. He is also worried about the civilians.

"It also has a real impact on their lives. Obviously anyone that takes a twenty percent cut in their pay over any given period is going to impact them personally," said Colonel Kennedy.

"There's going to be an impact, but we still have jobs. We all choose to be civil servants because we love what we do and we love the mission of the Air Force, said Glenn Meyer, Deputy Base Civil Engineer.

Civilian workers make-up 15 percent of the workforce at Ellsworth Air Force Base. The actual furlough period will not begin until July 8 and it will end in September.

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