CCAD Employees Celebrate Reduction in Furlough Days from 11 to Six

The announcement was made Tuesday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, according to a release from the American Forces Press Service.

CCAD officials are still awaiting direction from the Pentagon before sending out notices to its civilian employees, but word of Hagel's announcement has many excited, including members of the American Federation of Government Employees.

"We've been working very hard on this," AFGE Joe Gonzales said. "We started at 22 days. Now they cut it back to 11, and we've just worked even harder, and by God, it's paid off. That means we'll serve this Friday, and Aug. 12 will be our last furlough day."

Gonzales added that more than 100 employees have resigned from their positions due to the furloughs, seeking jobs that offer more security. He said the AFGE has been in contact with Congressman Blake Farenthold, who recently argued that the defense furloughs should not apply to the civilian workforce in areas such as CCAD, because they're wages are paid for by their own productivity and profit.

Gonzales believes this furlough will be the last furlough they will ever have to face.

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