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Friday furloughs likely for civilians at base

Wed., June 12, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – About 10,000 civilian workers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord could work four-day weeks this summer, taking off 11 straight Fridays in a row as furlough days to reduce spending.

Base officials said Monday details are still being worked out as they respond to proposed cuts.

The News Tribune reported the first furlough Friday would be July 12.

About 25,000 people live at Lewis-McChord. Another 63,000 work there in uniform or as civilians providing services.

A panel of Lewis-McChord Army and Air Force commanders announced the plan. They will hit firefighters, mechanics, doctors and many other workers who operate the city-like services at the base south of Tacoma.

“This city, as you can imagine, doesn’t run on its own,” Lewis-McChord Base Commander Col. Charles Hodges said.

Hodges said Lewis-McChord is considering exemptions for firefighters and police officers.


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