Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 1:45pm

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Update, July 10: Our fight against these furloughs has been making headlines and hitting the airwaves. AFGE Locals are in the news, explaining how damaging these furloughs will be to our employees and to local communities. Here's a rundown of coverage so far. Just click on the location to be directed to the news story:

Camp Smith/West Point

Fort Benning

Guam National Guard and Commissary

Blue Grass Army Depot

Tulsa Army Corps

Pennsylvania DoD

Texas National Guard

Texas National Guard (second story)

Fort Bragg

Wright Patterson AFB

Fort Campbell

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall

Hill AFB

Update, July 3: AFGE has just posted additional information to help members complete their MSPB furlough appeals. The latest information can be found here: https://www.afge.org/?Page=FurloughToolkit.

This new information includes three videos that will guide members through the appeal process. In addition, a PowerPoint slide and a PDF instruct members in completing the MSPB appeal form.

Locals are encouraged to schedule workshops to help their members fill out the appeal forms. To register for a workshop, Locals should complete the form that is located here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vhNIAbDb57HuMRC7NDRNThOSX3uKFUdcxVZ79g0wAqw/viewform.

Original post: AFGE needs you to take action now to fight the federal furlough. Unless you are one of the lucky few who have been exempted, you and 650,000 of your coworkers are in line to be furloughed without pay for 11 days between July and September.

We can't take these furloughs lying down. We must let everyone know that there are serious consequences to forcing us off the job without pay. 

Lawmakers need to know that they are putting our nation's security and military readiness at risk by allowing these furloughs to happen. Send your furlough notice to your lawmaker and then schedule a time to meet with him or her.

Local businesses need to know that when we don't get paid, we spend less money in the community. We won't be going out to dinner, catching a movie or buying clothes nearly as often -- and that hurts the local economy. Stop by your local merchant, hand them a furlough dollar and have a conversation about why the furlough is going to cost them your business.

There are other things you can do as well. Write a letter to your local newspaper, call your lawmaker, or create a video explaining how the furlough affects you.

Here is a link to a special page on AFGE's website that will help you fight the furlough:


What you can't afford is to do nothing. Get involved! Make some noise! Fight the furlough!