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Furloughs Begin at Scott Air Force Base

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SHILOH, Ill. (KMOX) - Nearly 4,500 workers at Scott Air Force Base will begin taking unpaid leave Monday as a result of sequestration cuts.

Many employees will take one Friday off a week for 11 weeks, others will spread it out farther than that.

Southern Illinois Leadership Council Director Ellen Krohne says that kind of paycheck uncertainty hurts the local economy.

“When our civilians are not working those 11 days, it’s child care for their families, it’s food on their table,” she said. “It will be a big impact on those individual families and of course it trickles down into the community. As people aren’t shopping and people are reducing their expenditures, it’s going to impact the businesses around Scott Air Force Base.”

Employees were facing 22 forced days off but that was ultimately reduced to 11.

Krohne says she still fears Congress may now see furloughs as a quick way to cut costs and will continue to hurt these workers.

“To ensure the work still gets done, it’s now going to be up to those who are not on furlough,” she said. “That’s a big impact for the readiness and the training and the ability of our forces to be prepared.”

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