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

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

The short term concerns are the immediate negative impact that sequestration and federal budget cuts would have on the community’s economy, he said.

“And then of course in addition to that we want to make sure that the air station, FRC East and the F-35 are as protected as they can be during the coming budget cuts whether planned or unplanned,” Norment said. “We’re going to have additional cuts in the defense department. I think every one agrees that that’s going to happen. Whether it’s a good thing or not is debatable, but it is certain that there are going to be some cuts, either through BRAC or some other form of mechanisms and it’s very important that we advocate for the air station, for FRC East, for the F-35 because all of those are tied to the future of our community.

“Thankfully we have a very good foundation upon which to advocate and that is that the air station is one of the most important air stations in the national security inventory and is the number one air station as far as the Marine Corps is concerned and the same is true for the depot in terms of its ability to repair and upgrade and maintain helicopters, V-22s Harriers and the F-35.”

Not only could the FRC East civilian workforce be impacted, but also about 1,600 other civilian workers at Cherry Point could be impacted. A message left at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington had not be returned as of press time.

According to reports, the furloughs of civilian defense department employees would save about $5 billion through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

“We’ve done everything we can do to ensure that the Marine Corps’ readiness is not damaged and to ensure that our civilian workforce is not damaged,” Norment said. 



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