It is the week thousands of civilian workers on Fort Drum have been dreading. The official start of unpaid days off, known as furloughs, resulting from government spending cuts.
"It's here now, so we just want to work really hard to make sure that the right information for our affected individuals is out there" said Julie Cupernall, Fort Drum Spokesperson.
Thousands of affected civilian workers, will be taking forced furloughs, as a result of sequestration.
Meaning for the next eleven weeks, it will be one day off per week, and therefore, 20 percent less in pay per week, too.
Government officials say this will save close to 2 billion dollars.
Despite what you may have heard, there are a few exemptions.
"Right now, the only exempt workers, civilians worker on Fort Drum, from furloughs are contractors and our child care providers and our sexual harassment and assault response team," said Cupernall.
Most of the furloughs will take place on Fridays, but that isn't the case for everyone.
"You won't be able to go to the commissary on Monday or Tuesday and medical services for the most part are splitting up between Monday and Friday," said Cupernall.
Friday, March 7, 2014, Watertown, NY