Letters to be sent March 1 informing workers

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 03:28 PM.

“Loss of pay will only be felt by each employee but it will be felt in the business communities where they serve, where their kids go to school and the neighborhoods that they live in. Furloughs will impact the majority of our civilian workforce … and the department will apply those furloughs if necessary in a consistent and equitable fashion with very few exceptions.”

Wright said there was the possibility that base commissary hours could be cut.

“Clearly where we have our large bases, where we have our large depots, will be affected,” Hale said.

Hale said he did not expect any new contracts to be cut and that payments to vendors and employees would remain on time.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., sent a letter on Wednesday afternoon dealing with the prospect of the furloughs.

“Most importantly for families in North Carolina, though, is the fact that more than 20,000 civilian employees at Camp Lejeune, New River, Cherry Point and other military bases in our state face more than $57 million in collective pay cuts,” she said in the letter. “Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of employees face layoffs and furloughs. While the jobs of military personnel are rightly protected from sequestration, these indiscriminate cuts would hit our civilian workforce hard. “Beginning on March 1st— just about a week from now — the (military) services plan to begin canceling work conducted at military depots, such as Cherry Point. In fact, the Navy proposes canceling $81 million in maintenance at Cherry Point — work that is critical to our local economy and our national security. While this could save money in the short-term, delaying preventive care today can actually increase maintenance costs in the future.” 

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