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Less Work Days Coming for People Across QCA

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Imagine losing 20 percent of your paycheck for the next 5.5 months...

That is what civilian workers for the military will be dealing with for the next 11 weeks - including those at the Rock Island Arsenal - starting on Monday, July 8.

This will affect the nearly 7500 civilian employees that work on the Arsenal - the largest employer in the QCA.

The cuts are thanks to federal spending cuts stemming from the March sequester.

Workers across the country will be forced to take one unpaid day off per month until September 21st.

The furloughs are expected to save $1.8 billion in defense spending - but that's just a fraction of the $40 billion that must be cut from that budget. 

But for the people and families affected - they say this is no small deal to them.

"It's gonna hurt real people," says Jim Abbott, whos's wife works on the Arsenal. "People don't want to go out and buy nice things. They are really gonna have to think twice. Can I pay my mortgage? Can I make my car payment? Can I do all the things I normally do now that my check is a heck of a lot lighter than what it was?"

To put the cuts in perspective, a civilian worker making $40,000/year will lost about $1,700 during the 11 weeks of furloughs.

If the cuts continue for a full year - that same person would lose around $8,000.