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Tinker furloughed workers try to make ends meet


MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Since furloughs at Tinker Air Force Base began in July, some workers have said that tensions are running high and they’re still bracing for the worst.

Trying to make the best of a bad situation, Chad McNamer is one of thousands of Tinker employees being furloughed.

Right now McNamer gets every Friday off.

It’s extra time he’s thankful he can use to spend time with his family but it’s also a negative financial change that he’s expecting to see.

This Friday, furloughed workers will get their first paychecks since the cuts.

“I haven`t seen the difference yet,” McNamer said. “I think it should be about $270 [less] a paycheck.”

It’s a pinch that will only get worse over the next few months.

Like many, McNamer is relying on a second job to help ease the 20-percent cut in his paycheck.

“I wish it didn’t have to happe, but it has,” he said. “I`m just trying to make the best of it.”

Tinker officials said they’re trying to be as understanding and helpful as they can during this situation.

As for McNamer and other workers, they said they’re hoping the furloughs will end for good in September as planned.

“I hope that Congress and whoever`s in charge can figure something out for 2014 so we don`t have to go through it again,” McNamer said.

Other workers also said they don’t know how people will react this Friday when they see their paychecks reduced by hundreds of dollars.

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