The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant told Channel 8 Thursday it does not know of any immediate furloughs for employees. However, the looming March 1st sequester deadline could mean the majority of them could face less pay.
A representative for the plant, Kevin Jackson, told Channel 8 there are a little less than 1,800 employees at that facility. About 1,466 of them make munitions and would be the group facing furlough. Jackson said that could possibly mean a day's less pay each week. If national leaders miss their deadline to avoid broad spending cuts, these employees could see the changes in April.
Jackson said the facility has held four town hall meetings to discuss workers' ongoing concerns.
Channel 8 spoke with friends and family members of plant workers at Boomarang Diner in McAlester. Everyone mentioned plant workers' impact on the local economy.
"There's a lot of people in McAlester that works out there," said Roy Ford. "That's one of the better jobs that's in this area."
Assistant Manager at the diner, Shayne Brown, said major cuts to plant worker's pay could negatively impact her business.
"Yeah, absolutely. Especially for the waitresses that work just for tips," said Brown.
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