Thousands of Wright-Patterson civilian employees won’t spend as much time off the job without pay after the Pentagon dropped the number of furlough days to 11 from 14 on Tuesday.
The reduction cut in half the 22 furlough days that 13,000 local civil service workers originally faced earlier this year, but amounts to a $55 million loss in wages for Wright-Patterson employees, said Col. Cassie B. Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson.
That’s “still a big impact on the Miami Valley which is the reason we’re still hopeful this will continue to reduce or go away,” she said Tuesday, while calling the reduction in days “very encouraging.”
Pushed back for months, furlough notices are expected to be sent around June 5. One-day-a-week furloughs would begin July 8. Fewer than 100 Wright-Patterson civil service workers will be exempt, the base commander said. They will include medics and firefighters, although how many firefighters will be kept on the job is not yet settled, she said.