Federal Union Members Picket Furlough At West Point

May 15, 2013
WAMC/Allison Dunne

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday announced a plan to furlough some 750,000 Department of Defense civilian employees because of across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. In the Hudson Valley, more than a dozen civilian employees at West Point picketed today, saying the impending furlough is already hurting local families and businesses.

A two-week delay in the first furlough warnings to civilian employees at West Point and other federal installations will harm the workers even more, according to American Federation of Government Employees Local 2367 Vice President James McCabe.

He said cutting two weeks off the furlough time at the US Military Academy and elsewhere will hurt workers even more than the original plan.

Authorities say a Vermont inmate allowed out on furlough has been arrested in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire police arrested 26-year-old Nathan Kenyon of Windsor on charges of driving without a license. They also discovered he had three outstanding warrants for simple assault and criminal threatening that stemmed back to 2007.

The Eagle-Times reports that as long as Kenyon had stayed out of New Hampshire, the warrants would have stayed silent. However, because he crossed state lines, the charges came up in addition to an escape charge.