A newly erected US Air Force (USAF) monument sign welcomes Team Scott members and visitors through the Belleville Gate entrance at Scott Air Force Base (AFB), Illinois.

Scott AFB Furloughs



Nearly 4,500 civilian workers at Scott Air Force Base will begin taking an unpaid day off in a month for the rest of the fiscal year as part of the automatic federal spending cuts.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/15xCaNr ) reports the workers will take the first of 11 unpaid days on July 8.
 
That's also the day Scott's commissary will begin being closed every Monday until Sept. 30 as part of the cuts. That site is a taxpayer-subsidized grocery store where shoppers on average pay 30 percent less than those at civilian stores.
 
The cuts, also referred to as sequester, were to take effect in March and involve 22 unpaid furlough days, though that number was pared in half.

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