AFGE Says DoD’s Cuts to Furloughs Not Good Enough

Although reducing the number of furlough days is a step in the right direction, AFGE says that DoD should cut back on its use of contractors instead of implementing any furloughs on its workforce.

The Department of Defense recently announced that it would cut back the number of furlough days for employees there from 22 to 14. AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said this is a step in the right direction but doesn’t go far enough.

AFGE instead wants DoD to cut back on its use of service contractors.

“They claim that the military mission is their number one priority, yet they continue to undermine that mission by forcing employees who actually support the warfighter to stay off the job for two full weeks. Meanwhile, the department’s vast shadow workforce of service contractors continues to rack up huge profits at the expense of working class civilian employees,” said Cox.

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