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Department of Defense reduces number of furlough days for civilian workers

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CHICOPEE, MA (WSHM) -

All 759 Westover civilian employees are facing furloughs because of federal budget cuts that started March 1.

The Department of Defense, which originally announced those furloughs, has reduced the number of days from 22 to 14.

Westover officials sent a release to CBS 3 Springfield saying that all of their civilian employees will be affected by these unpaid days off.

Department of Defense officials say that the start of those furlough days have also been pushed back to mid to late June.

More than 700,000 defense workers across the country will be getting notices in the mail in May.

Westover officials have said the furloughs would cut their local economic impact by 10 percent, or $24 million.

The air reserve base pumped $238 million into the local economy last year.

Furloughs would happen over seven two-week pay periods until the end of September, when the current fiscal year ends.

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