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June 10, 2013 at 7:39 PM

JBLM announces 11 furlough days this summer for civilian employees

By Adam Ashton / The News Tribune

Thousands of civilian employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will take unpaid days off on 11 straight Fridays in July, August and September – part of a plan intended to concentrate the impacts of Pentagon-mandated furloughs to a single day of the week.

Some details of the four-day work week are still being ironed out, but the proposal would give about 10,000 workers a reliable schedule to plan their furloughs.

A panel of Lewis-McChord Army and Air Force commanders announced the plan Monday and said the furloughs are scheduled to start taking place the week of July 8. They will hit firefighters, mechanics, doctors and many other workers who operate the city-like services at the base south of Tacoma.

About 25,000 people live on Lewis-McChord either in barracks or in base housing. About 63,000 work there in uniform or as civilians, making it Pierce County’s largest employer.

Some of the ways furloughs likely will disrupt the base this summer include:

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