Furloughed workers adjust to down time
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Sean McMurray has pumped a lot of time and energy into the U.S. Navy. He's worked as a port engineer at Mayport since 2004, and was devastated when he found out he had to be furloughed.
"It's disappointing that they take the employees out of the picture to save the money," he said.
Friday was McMurray's first day at home. When it all adds up, he'll be losing 20 percent of his paycheck each and every week.
"My wife is a part-time employee. We have four children. Expenses don't go down," he continued.
McMurray plans to spend his down time helpinig his in-laws and doing some work on the backyard pool. He hates that sequestration has impacted so many lives and hopes it can be figured out soon.
"It seems profound that we haven't found a way to do things more efficiently."
The furloughs are expected to last through September. No word on whether they will extend past that.
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