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Furloughs could impact 2,000 aboard MCLB-Albany

ALBANY — More than 2,000 people aboard MCLB-Albany could feel the sting of furloughs initiated by the Pentagon, base officials said Friday.

There could be 11 furlough days for those base employees, with the days expected to begin no earlier than July 8, base officials said.

“Under the current guidelines, approximately 2,000 appropriated fund employees across Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and the Marine Corps Logistics Command may be affected, with a percentage of critical service providers directly responsible for preserving life and property, and possibly others, excepted,” a statement from the base public affairs office states.

The exact impact of any furloughs on the tenants at the base, including Marine Corps Logistics Command, which is responsible for managing the supply chain of the Marine

warfighter, is not known.

“While it is difficult to accurately predict the overall impact to the installation in the short term, base leaders will continue to prioritize support requirements of our tenants that support the operating forces, in accordance with the Commandant’s guidance,” the statement reads.

Base leaders say they’ll be notifying impacted employees. That will include proposal notices, an employee reply period and official decision letters.

The U.S. defense budget has taken the single biggest hit from automatic spending cuts, known in Washington as the “sequester,” and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he had tried to spare civilians the financial hardship ahead by first cutting elsewhere.

“We did everything we could not to get to this day, this way,” Hagel told an audience of Defense Department employees earlier this week. “But that’s it. That’s where we are ... And I’m sorry about that.”

For those of the more than 600,000 civilian defense employees affected, the decision translates to a salary cut of roughly 20 percent during the furlough period, which runs from July 8 until the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Although the total will vary, most civilian employees will be on unpaid leave for 11 days, shorter than the earlier Pentagon estimates of 14 days issued in March and 22 days in February.

But many civilians had hoped Hagel would find other ways to cut the budget or allow individual branches of the military to shield the civilian employees entirely. The move is expected to save $1.8 billion.

Although civilians will be able to challenge their furloughs, personal issues such as financial hardship will not be taken into account, one Defense official said.

Reuters News Service contributed to this report.

Comments

jglass 1 year, 4 months ago

So, why isn't the President's salary being cut? Congress, Senate, all the positions in Washington..........................I think cuts need to start at the top instead of starting with the working, middle class to lower class citizens. Weed out what is not needed in Washington. Stop the foolish spending at the top.

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VietVet1 1 year, 4 months ago

Don't forget they'll also lose 1 day of annual leave! But the voters wanted "change".

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

My sister and brother in law work on the base, although she doesn't support the furlough, she said it would feel good getting an extra day off for a while.

Obumya preached in his campaign speeches that he wanted to help the middle class and working class, but seems to me he does more to hurt the middle class and working class and does more to help the sorry lazy people that don't want to work, not to mention you don't see no cutbacks on Obumya's salaries or his working buddies.

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spookj6 1 year, 4 months ago

I guess yall forgot the President gave 5-10% of his salary back to the treasury, but I forgot that this is Albany's Finest commenting. Yall continue yall own logical way of thinking it works only for yall.

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whattheheck 1 year, 4 months ago

Yall didn't see the documents showing the return so yall is skeptical. Show yall the money!

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Pocket change, Not everybody makes the money that the president makes, I doubt he will miss any of that money. but for the poor working class families that are struggling to make ends meet, it won't be as easy for them.

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joker581 1 year, 4 months ago

$20k-$40K from a millionaire whose salary and expense funds total out at more than half a million Dollars a year. Doesn't even come close to the money that'll be saved by this particular set of furloughs. For that matter, it doesn't even come close to the amount of money that he's wasted by going on taxpayer funded vacations this year.

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bigbob 1 year, 4 months ago

Big deal he gave 5% back & taxpayers have paid for everything for him & his family like millions of dollars in vacations.

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Amazed2 1 year, 4 months ago

Do budget cuts means Michelle Obama has to cut back her jet setting ways??

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chinaberry25 1 year, 4 months ago

Teachers have been dealing with this for years. Since Obama has chosen to not create jobs then it will get worse not better. Tax revenue is down and it will trickle down to everyone.

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Ihope4albany 1 year, 4 months ago

I hope that everyone knows it is part of Adams Smith's lie of the invisible hand. The total collapse of the U.S. economy is right on time to usher in the One World Order. Look at the recent 1776 high One World Trade Center.

None of all of this world chaos is by accident, but by sheer design of the the enlightened ones. What has allowed things to get this bad has been the divide and conquer art of war. Turn mankind against itself and it will destroy itself.

Albany, Dougherty is one of the greatest duped in this process!!!!

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RedEric 1 year, 4 months ago

Reduce workers pay so you have more money for illegal immigrants. They need welfare, foodstamps and housing. Makes sense if you do not have the best interests of the country in mind. This was designed so Obama could blame the republicans, but with everything that's coming to the surface now, it looks much different. Obamas plans for this country are not good. One world government is good for only a very few.

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waltspecht 1 year, 4 months ago

In Industry, it would be a 15% reduction in force with a permanent loss of jobs. This way it is spread out so everyone shares a little of the pain. Furlough or job loss. Your opinion would depend on just where you fell in the equation. I think we all at least suspect the Federal Civilian Job Force may be inflated with some that are just check grabbers. Shame is they are in high enough slots that if there were what is called a fair reduction, they wouldn't be touched. Should all be based on performance and value added to the job, but it would never be.

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