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Drum anticipates 35 percent of civilian staff face furloughs

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FORT DRUM — Regardless of whether a deal was made to avert a government shutdown, civilian employees will show up for their jobs on post at their regular time Tuesday.

Unless the shutdown is averted, several will be sent home within four hours of arrival. However, the extensive deployment operations of post may mean a high number could be excepted from the furloughs. Employees will receive their formal notice of whether they have been furloughed when they come in.

“The axe will fall, and we’ll go from there,” said Jeffrey W. Zuhlke, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 400.

Mr. Zuhlke said the numbers he saw indicated about 65 percent of the approximately 1,200 union members, about 780 people, could be exempted. For employees not exempted, they will leave work within four hours of arrival, with the timetable set to allow for an orderly transfer of work until they can return.

Soldiers will remain on normal duty status, though it has been said a shutdown may mean a delay to their paychecks.

Mr. Zuhlke said employees receiving the exception may not be paid for their work until Congress sorts out a budget bill.

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