Covering Louisiana

Jul 5, 2013 1:51 PM by Dwayne Fatherree

UPDATE: Louisiana National Guard technicians to face furloughs

According to the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard public relations officer, federal technicians employed in Louisiana can expect to take 11 days off without pay over August and September.

Lt. Col. Mike Kazmierak said Friday evening that the approximately 1,000 of the technicians, who are full-time employees but not part of the active duty ranks, will be affected by the furloughs.

A letter surfaced Friday showing that furloughs would go into effect between July 8 and Sept. 21.

"That's an older version of the letter," Kazmierak said Friday. "At a national level, the furlough begins on 8 July and runs through 30 September. We will not begin this week."

Instead, Kazmierak said the furloughs in Louisiana would take place predominately in August and September.

"We will probaly start in the last week of July, which is actually the first pay period in August," Kazmierak said. "There may be exceptions, but that is where we are working with our technicians."

Read the May 29 furlough letter

According to a document received at KATC, this is only a first round of furloughs and "should additional furlough hours become necessary," employees would be notified.

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