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12:41 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

"Anger, Anxiety" As Y-12 Employees Await Furloughs

Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Steve Jones speaks at a press event in Oak Ridge Thursday. The event was held to put pressure on House Republicans to agree to a budget deal.
Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The clock is ticking today for approximately 3600 employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge who will be furloughed without pay on Thursday if Congress and the President can’t reach an agreement on the federal budget. 

“Just like most of Middle America, we’ve got folks who live paycheck to paycheck,” says Steve Jones, President of the local Atomic Trades and Labor Council.  “They’re wondering how they’re going to make their mortgage payments and how they’re going to pay their bills.”

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