CNN MONEY: First Furlough Notices Go Out

Source:  Jennifer Liberto / CNN Money

The first furlough notices for government employees have gone out.

The Army sent letters on Feb. 28 and March 1 to unions warning that employees at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, Md., as well as the Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Wash., will be forced to stay at home without pay one day each week from April 22 through Sept. 21.

Translation: A 20% pay cut for 5 months. Employees will stay at home on either a Monday or Friday. Not everybody may get to choose their days, because supervisors have to ensure that at least half the staff is available on both days.

Employees won’t be able to use sick leave or vacation to collect pay on furlough days. That’s true for all federal worker furloughs, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

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