“Lewis-McChord civilian workers plead with Sen. Patty Murray”
“Anxiety is rising among civilian workers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, who stand to lose up to a fifth of their pay this year to furloughs if Congress fails to prevent forced federal budget cuts this month, a panel of workers told U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Wednesday [March 27].”
“‘This is going to destroy my entire family’ said Matt Thompson, 47, of Roy. The Lewis-McChord mechanic supports a family of five and says he cannot afford to lose 20 percent of his income over the next six months.
The furloughs initially planned as one day a week from April to September are part of the U.S. Defense Departments response to the $85 billion in immediate, forced federal budget cuts mandated in the so-called sequester.”
“Now the sequester is about to take effect and the Evergreen State faces an especially sharp hit because of its concentration of military installations and defense industries. It could lose $173.4 million in take-home pay alone for Defense Department civilian workers, according to a White House report last month,” quoting Adam Ashton in the Tacoma News Tribune.