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Mar 22, 2013 9:37 PM by Erika Flores

Army civilian employees plan for possible furloughs

TUCSON - Planned sequester furloughs for military civilian employees have been delayed.

The Department of Defense said they need to analyze how legislation will fund the federal government for the remaining fiscal year before they require unpaid days off.

Army civilian employees at Ft. Huachuca said they are tightening their belts more than ever just in case they get that notice in the mail.

They tell News 4 Tucson, this delay is making them feel even more anxious.

They just want to know how they'll be affected.

Tanja Linton is a civilian employee at Ft. Huachuca.

"We're here to support the uniformed personnel," said Linton.

A civilian employee's work can range from social work to finance, medicine to information technology.

"The civilian part of the team, we're an important part of that team, and we take that mission seriously," said Linton.

Linton is in media relations.

She's one of nearly 3,300 civilian employees at Ft. Huachuca that could be ordered to take furloughs in April.

"I'm hoping for the best. Preparing for the worst," said Linton.

Linton said she wanted to buy a new car this year even take a trip but that will have to wait.

"Trying to squirrel as much into savings as possible, so that if we do have a furlough, I have the resources to ride through it," said Linton.

Bryan Grimm of Freedom Automotive said he's noticed most army civilian employees are doing the same.

His business has seen a 50 percent drop of these customers.

"It feels like their just a standstill just kind of holding on," said Grimm.

And for businesses in Sierra Vista that depend a lot on customers from Fort Huachuca, these furloughs could have a big impact on their income down the line, too.

"We've got to have that clientele coming back in," said Grimm.

If the Department of Defense goes through with their original plan of 22 day furloughs, it would result in a 20 percent pay cut for Linton.

"It's tough, but we're going to bounce back and roll with it," said Linton.

The Department of Defense will notify civilian workers of any planned furloughs in April.


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