914th Civilian Workers to Be Furloughed

March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY
WKBW)

The sequestration is hitting the Niagara Falls Air Base hard. 280 civilian employees will be furloughed in late April 2013 and lose 20 percent of their salary. The base is offering financial and stress counseling to those workers. Orders came down from the Department of Defense triggering these furloughs.

All civilian employees will be furloughed every Monday beginning in late April and continuing until the end of the fiscal year which is September 2013.

That adds up to 22 consecutive days without pay. But it does not affect anyone on active duty.

"For right now the people that are deployed, the people that are on active duty it does not affect them because they're on active duty. Same as the reservist that come in on the weekend are not affected because that's considered you're on active duty for those two days," explained Sgt. Kevin Nichols of the Public Affairs Specialist with the 914th Airlift Wing.

The 107th Airlift Wing will also shut down on Mondays but has not announced the exact details of its budget cutting plan.

Fire and security personnel will still be on hand to keep the site secure during the Monday closures.

Top officials at the base tell us they hope there is some kind of deal worked out at the federal level to prevent the furloughs from happening.