Michael Walli, Greg Boertje-Obed and Sister Megan Rice all knew they could eventually spend time in prison for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. But on that dark July night in 2012, they weren’t even sure if they would make it to dawn. Breaking into a high-security facility like Y-12 was considered a suicide mission.
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.”