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WI National Guard may furlough 1,000 workers if government shuts down

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin National Guard is preparing for what could happen if the federal government shuts down on October 1.

The National Guard's public affairs office says about 210 full-time federal technicians and personnel on military orders will be exempt from cuts. Non-exempt employees will be furloughed until federal appropriations allow them to return to work.

Officials are working to contact the affected workers. They anticipate about 1050 employees could be impacted by a shutdown. Citizen soldiers attending some Army schools may be sent home.

The Guard says all exempted personnel will be paid retroactively once the lapse of appropriations ends. Emergency furloughed employees will not be paid retroactively for their furlough time unless a law is enacted providing authority to pay them.

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs state employees will continue to work their normal schedules.
 
Officials say in the event of a state emergency the Guard remains fully available to the Governor for state active duty.
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