Thousands of Scott AFB employees affected by government shutdown

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 4 at 12:18 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Thousands of civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base face pay delays or furloughs now that the federal government has shut down.

According to an Air Force official, roughly two-thirds of the base’s 5,000 civilian workers have been furloughed as a result of the shutdown. Those who aren't furloughed will be needed at the base but may not be paid until the federal government is back up and running.

Colonel Kyle Kremer said preparing the Scott Air Force Base workers for the possibility of a shutdown created unnecessary stress.

“The very nature of going through the planning of it, even if it does not come to fruition is taking up a significant amount of manpower, man hours. That's taking away from our abilities to focus again on the mission,” Kremer said.

There was also worry in the Metro-East of a broader financial impact that furloughs at SAFB could have.

“People won't spend money,” said Gerry Streck, who has family at the base.  “It's not going to help the economy."

Air Force officials said all SAFB civilian employees will come to work Tuesday to get their instructions on how the shutdown impacts them.

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