Fort Meade reaches agreement with union on furloughs

Fort Meade announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with the union representing Department of Defense employees on how proposed civilian furloughs will be handled.

Civilian employees face up to 22 days of furlough — about a 20 percent pay reduction — after lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal to stop $85 billion in automatic spending cuts this year called the sequester.

Furlough notices to civilians could be issued sometime between Thursday and Monday, according to Fort Meade. Full-time workers will be furloughed two days within each pay period beginning April 26 through Sept. 21. The furloughs for part-time employees will be pro-rated.

After receiving the notices, workers will have seven days to respond and will be able to request changes in their furlough days.

Fort officials said they will renegotiate with the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 1923, if furloughs are extended or there is an emergency furlough because funding runs out.

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