Robins Air Force Base Encourage Civilian Workers to Prepare for Sequestration
Sequestration cuts are set for Friday and Robins Air Force Base is gearing up for what may come.
If it comes to pass there will be 22 furlough days for about 15,000 civilian workers installation commander, Colonel Mitchel Butikofer said in a press conference on Tuesday. He also said workers will see a 20 percent reduction in their pay if sequestration comes into fruition. As of now, the base personnel don't know if there will be any exemptions to the cuts. Officials are encouraging workers to visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center to begin preparing for the cuts in their budget.
"There's some anxiety out there and we're feeling that folks are feeling some pressure,” Butikofer said. “We are encouraging our folks to make plans for this potentiality here. My biggest concern is with our wage grade workforce, our blue collar workforce because you know obviously they don't make as much as our white collar workforce and you know they have house payments and car payments.”
If sequestration happens, the base will get a 30 day notice. Base personnel will wait for guidance on how to implement the changes to reduce the possible implications to the workforce.