Military
8:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Wright-Patt Workers Appeal Furloughs

More than 150 civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base have taken steps to appeal furloughs imposed because of federal budget cuts.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the civil service workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are among 6,800 nationwide attached to the Air Force seeking to be exempted from the forced time off.

More than 10,000 civilian employees at the base near Dayton began receiving the 11-day furlough notices earlier this month. The U.S. Department of Defense said 680,000 civilian employees will get the furloughs one day a week for 11 weeks, starting July 8.

The Pentagon imposed the furloughs because of $37 billion in spending cuts, and has projected about $1.8 billion in savings from forcing employees to stay home.

The appeals will be reviewed.