Correction: AFGE Statement On Defense Department Furlough Plan
“The administration’s latest furlough announcement, 11 days for Department of Defense civilians, is absolutely outrageous. It is well-known that the Army spent
“The administration’s announcement is a decision to undermine our nation’s military readiness. It is a decision to reduce productivity and raise, not lower, costs in the Department. It is also a decision to ignore the efforts put forth by numerous DOD components and agencies to devise methods for absorbing sequestration cuts without causing the negative consequences of furloughs.
“The Defense Department’s decision is a slap in the face to its civilian workforce, most of whom live paycheck-to-paycheck, and are barely able to pay their bills without the additional challenge of furloughs. DOD’s workforce is not only the government’s largest, it also includes the largest number of hourly and low-paid federal workers. Many earn less than
“The administration’s decision to impose such enormous economic pain on its own workforce, while continuing to lavish billions in new and unnecessary spending on wealthy contractors, is utterly shameful.”
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the
SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees