SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE (KPLR) - Thousands of civilian workers at Scott Air Force Base are scheduled to take a big pay cut as they prepare for furloughs. And it's all because of the federal budget sequester.
The Base website says more than 4,500 civilian workers are affected. They will get a 30-day notice in the mail sometime this week telling them they will be taking an unpaid day off every week between now and September.
That's 22 days without pay, more than a month's salary. Non-military workers are exempted if they are important to the base's safety and security.
One Colonel estimated the unpaid furloughs will cost the St. Louis area $28 million in reduced spending. So, in effect, civilian workers are losing more than 1/12th of their pay for a year.