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DSCC Employees Furloughed By Government Shutdown

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Due to the partial government shutdown, more than 50 DSCC employees were furloughed Tuesday, and the majority of the 5,000 employees at several different organizations within the Defense Supply Center, Columbus will be furloughed within 10 days.

According to the union that represents many DSCC employees, the American Federation of Government Employees local 1148, some of the organizations in the Hugh Military Supply and Finance Complex will be out of money to pay employees within 10 days. That means only certain-funded employees will be left to try and operate the facility.

"There is a lot of fear, there is a lot of anger and uncertainty about what is going on. Why are we the escape goats for congress not being able to pass a budget," said Patty Viers, local President of AFGE.

According to Viers, the complex is tasked with paying contractors who bid on government jobs and provides spare parts for weapons systems used by the military. She said this shutdown will affect those outside contractors as well as employees.

"There are some accepted employees who will try to keep the business going as much as possible, but it is going to sit here, things are not going to get done," Viers said.

There are 26 different organizations within the DSCC complex, including DLA Land and Maritime. Their Public Affairs Director Michael Jones said they have not been impacted by furloughs. They are funded under the defense working capital fund and Jones said they still have a week and a half of funding left.

According to Jones the complex has 9,000 employees spread out in all the different organizations and he could only speak for DLA Land and Maritime.

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