Border Patrol and other federal employees protest sequestration

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Border Patrol and other federal employees protest sequestration

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YUMA, AZ – Federal employees are speaking out against the federal budget cuts by staging a protest Wednesday.

The protest is part of national effort to raise awareness on how sequestration will impact their pay and their livelihood.

 Border agents and other federal employees say they believe their voices could force the federal government to reconsider cuts to overtime and cuts to the number of days they are allowed to work. The Border Patrol Union tells KSWT News 13 agents will go from working 50 hours a week to 40.

The direct impact not only includes a decrease in pay but will affect agents trying to make a living to support their families. On top of that agents will have to take two furlough days per month. Add it up and that could cost an agent upwards of 20-thousand dollars per year in income.

Border patrol agents were not the only one's protesting outside the Yuma Fair Grounds. Both federal employees from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and the Yuma Proving Ground also took a stand against sequestration which directly impacts their livelihood as well.

 

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