[VIDEO] Unpaid Furloughs for Civilian Workers Cut from 11 Days to Six

Roughly 5,000 people at CCAD have been impacted by the mandated unpaid days off, having already begun serving those furlough days.

It all started with 22 mandatory furlough days for civilian employees, but eventually was reduced to 11; and on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a further reduction in furlough days from 11 to six.

CCAD officials are still awaiting direction from the Pentagon before sending out notices to their employees. Still, word of the announcement has many excited, including union members of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Union President Joe Gonzales said they have been in contact with Congressman Blake Farenthold, who recently argued that the defense furloughs should not apply to the civilian workforce.

"We're just happy someone was out there listening to us," Gonzales said. "We're happy. Somehow, somewhere, $900 million came and found, that's what happened, to avoid the furlough. We're celebrating right now. Thank God it's almost over."

Gonzales said the last furlough day CCAD employees will have to serve will be Friday, Aug. 17.

The furloughs cut the hours of employees each week from 40 to 32.

Congressman Farenthold, who has been pushing for legislation that would put an end to furloughs altogether, said by phone Tuesday that he is pleased with the Pentagon's decision.

"Well, we've said all along that furloughs are not the best way to institute the cuts, and I'm glad the brass in Washington was able to find a way to save the money and keep the jobs," Farenthold said.

He said that, since Congress is out for its annual summer recess, and since the rest of the furlough days will be used up before they get back in session, there is no further need for his legislation.

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