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Beaufort DOD Workers Fear Upcoming Furloughs, Rally Together

Gathered in front of Beaufort's City Hall, several Department of Defense employees were fed up about furloughs and willing to do whatever it takes to stop them.

"We are exactly at that point," Bob Cannon said.

Wednesday they held homemade signs, hoping a passerby or two will join in their effort to put an end to what looks like the inevitable.

"I hope that they will call their senators, their representatives, and tell them to find another way to cut the budget instead of on the back of the DOD employees," Sue Partridge, President of the local American Federation of Government Employees said.

The workers are not only frustrated, frankly, they're scared. 

Come April they're set get docked a day's pay a week, which to them is a huge difference in quality of life.

"The average person out here is going to lose $500 a pay period, and that's rent and house money," Michael Cook said.

So they're hoping somehow decision makers see this or get word of it, and rethink where the budget is slashed.

"I think Congress takes us all lightly that we don't know what we're doing or we're unintelligent. But we read the newspaper, we watch the news. We know what's going on. We do the best we can for the government. Now we're looking back saying we do the best for you, now we're asking you do the best you can for us," Bob Cannon said.

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