Fort Drum Workers Could Be Spared Worst In Shutdown


Shutdown or no shutdown, military deployments will continue.

That's what could save many civilian workers at Fort Drum from being furloughed. 

"It's hard to just shutter the windows and lock the doors when missions are taking place," said Jeff Zuhlke, president of AFGE Local 400. 

Zuhlke represents 1,200 civilian workers. 

He believes the number of furloughs will be smaller than the number of workers who had to take one day off a week during a spending cutback in the summer. 

But paychecks will be held up.

How long will workers be able to afford to come to work?

"With no guarantee of a paycheck for who knows how long, that's definitely worrisome," said Zuhlke.

Meanwhile, the union hall itself on Fort Drum may be shut down. 

We asked if Local R2-61 of the National Association of Government Employees will be able to continue to operate out of its building.

"No, I will not be allowed to do any official time," said George Ottinger, president of the local union.

But most people won't feel any immediate effect from a shutdown.

Because the postal service is independent, your mail will still go out.

And, your Social Security checks will still come in.

If you are affected, you know whom to blame - lawmakers in Washington, who can't come to a budget agreement.

If this crisis gets solved, the next one's already looming - the debt limit in mid-October.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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