Union: EPA Will Furlough Employees Six Days in 2013 Under Sequestration

AnAmericanFederationofGovernmentEmployeesleaderinChicagosaidthefurloughswouldoccurintwowaves.BetweenApril21andJune15,eachEPAemployeewouldhavetotakeonedayofleavewithoutpayperpaidperiod,forfourpayperiods.FromJuly5throughSept.30,eachemployeewouldberequiredtotaketwofurloughdays.
AnEPAspokeswomantoldFederalNewsRadio,whichfirstreportedthestory,thatthespecificsarestillupintheair.
"SeniorEnvironmentalProtectionAgencyofficialshaveengagedunionleadershipthisweekindiscussionsofthescopeandtimingoffurloughsthatwillberequiredtomeettheacross-the-boardcutsmandatedbysequestration,"thespokeswomansaidtoFederalNewsRadio."Thesetalksareongoingandnofinaldecisionshavebeenmade."
TheAFGEofficialsaidcontractorswouldbeunaffectedbysequestration.
TheEPAhassentalettertoCongressdetailinghowitsprogramswouldbeaffectedbysequestration,includingareductioninitsabilitytotestandresearchairandwaterquality.


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