Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 13, 2014
Part of Dugway workforce may be cut this year

Financial constraints might mean pink slips for some workers at Dugway Proving Ground this year.

According to information from Dugway, management is in negotiations to determine what reductions need to be made to fall in line with anticipated budget cuts.

“Organizations have been asked to ‘right-size’ or ‘re-shape’ their manpower based on budget reductions,” states the letter, a response from Dugway management to questions by the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin.

The letter adds that Dugway’s mission funding has been on the decline since 2006 and customer funding has also fallen by about 50 percent.

This is in contrast with rising inflation that demands a greater percentage of those funds for necessary operations, the letter adds.

As a result, cuts will be made to civilian and contractor positions by September 2014, the letter stipulates. While it is still too early in the process for a specific number of positions to have been determined, up to 7 percent of civilian and contractor positions could be cut, the letter concludes.

Details about the negotiations were not made available.

The last time budget cuts affected workers at Dugway was last October, when 85 percent of its civilian workforce was furloughed as part of the federal government’s sequestration.

Before that, another federal budget sequestration cut some civilian workers’ pay by about 20 percent over six weeks last summer.

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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