Four-day work week would amount to 20 percent cut in pay

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Civilian workers at FRC East at Cherry Point face the possibility of work furloughs. The workers would be forced to take one unpaid day off per week for 22 weeks, amounting to a 20 percent cut in pay.

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Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

Furloughs could be ahead for thousands of civilian employees at Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point, meaning less money in the hands of workers and possibly less money flowing through the local economy.

“We will find out this Friday whether the Chief of Naval Operations is going to authorize the cuts to FRC East that will essentially stop new aircraft maintenance during the third and fourth quarter of this year, which will result in an $81 million loss to FRC East and by extension our local economy that will coincide with the potential furloughs that civilian employees may face beginning in April,” said James Norment, a representative of the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group.

Norment spoke by phone Tuesday as he headed to Washington, D.C. to meet with legislators from North Carolina.

Officially at FRC East, spokesman Dave Marriott said Tuesday that no decision had been made on furloughs, a point echoed days earlier by Col. Mitchell Bauman, commanding officer at FRC East.

“We have not received any guidance through our chain of command to institute a reduction in schedule,” Baumann said in a statement on Friday.

Norment and several FRC East workers confirmed that employees had been briefed on the possibility of furloughs. Norment said department heads had been notified to begin preparing for the possibility of furloughs.

“The furloughs have not kicked in yet and they may not kick in until mid-April at the earliest,” Norment said.

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