Fort Hood civilians gather at front gate to raise sequestration awareness


About20membersofthelocal1920chapterandtheTemple-based2109chapteroftheAmericanFederationofGovernmentEmployeesheldsignsandchanted,“Heyhey,hoho,sequestration’sgottogo.”
Ifsequestrationremainsineffect,itwillcontinuetocuttheDefenseDepartment’sbudgetby$54billionin2014and$500billionover10years.

“Wealreadyhaveasecondfurloughloominginthefutureandthat’swhatwe’retryingtostop,”saidSamuelBoles,executivevicepresidentoftheFortHoodchapter.“Itwillbe2022beforetheendof(sequestration).Eachofthoseyearsfederalemployeesaresubjecttobefurloughed.”

Thisyearnearly6,000FortHoodemployeeswerefurloughedforsixdaysafteritwascutfromtheoriginalplanof11days.

“IfyouallowCongresstodothesetypesofthings,theywillfeelfreetodoevenmoreinthefuture,”Bolessaid.“Everycuttheycomeupwithtobalancethebudgetaffectsemployees.”

ThenationalheadquartersfortheunionisurgingCongresstoreimburseemployeesforthosedayswages,hesaid.Thiswouldhelpmanyemployeeswhostruggledtopaybills,becauseoffurloughs.

“Workingpeopleshouldbeabletoaffordtotakecareoftheirchildren,”saidAdrienneRias,anursewiththeCentralTexasVeteransHealthCareSysteminTemple.AsamemberoftheTemplechapteroftheunion,shesaidshewantedtoshowhersupportafterwitnessingfurloughedemployeeswhostruggledtogettheirchildrenreadyforanewschoolyear.

“Thishurtsourlocaleconomy,”Riassaid.


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