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Civilian Defense Workers Hopeful After Furlough Postponement

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Expecting to get furlough notices today, thousands of Department of Defense civilian workers have two more weeks until they could be faced with the reality of forced time off.

One Rock Island Arsenal union representative tells us the delay in the notices shows it's clear officials are trying to do something to minimize the impact of the furloughs but he isn't holding his breath for any big changes.

"It's a glimmer of hope that congress is actually taking some action," President of AFGE Local 15, Steve Beck said. "Some recognition that sequestration is going to be damaging, but it really doesn't substantially change the outlook for our employees just yet."

Civilian workers, including close to 7,000 on the Arsenal  now have until April 5th to expect those furlough notices.
The Pentagon pushed them back to see how federal funding changes will affect sequestration cuts.


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