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JBLM: Feeling pain of furloughs? Here’s an idea

Letter by Mike Wess, Tacoma on June 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm with No Comments »
June 14, 2013 1:41 pm

Re: “There’s no need to cut back services” (letter, 6-14).

In response to the perceived cutback in services at Joint Base Lewis-McChord due to civilian workforce furloughs, keep in mind that our congressional leaders who are woefully inept yet somehow exempt from furlough have determined that the rest of the federal workforce needs to do their part to get us out of the mess they’ve gotten us into.

I’m confident that JBLM will not shut down any “needed” operations but 10,000 people removed from the workforce for one day a week won’t go without repercussions no matter how you schedule it.

Should anyone find themselves inconvenienced by having to reschedule a trip to the commissary or Madigan Army Medical Center, they should bear in mind that in these trying times we all need to make sacrifices. After the third consecutive year of frozen pay and now facing a 20 percent pay cut, I know that I and my co-workers have.

It’s unfortunate that the writer feels he may miss out on some vital services, but if the burden seems unbearable, there is recourse: Write a letter to your members of Congress asking them to do their job and earn their minimum annual salary of $174,000. There’s a good chance you’ll get a response. After all, unlike the rest of us in the federal workforce, they’re still working (and fully paid) five days a week.

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