In March, members of the union protested the coming furloughs and lobbied members of Congress to stop them at Crane. The impact to the local economy is expected to be large as many of the Crane employees live in Daviess and Martin counties.
According to numbers provided by U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s office earlier this year, Crane is to be the hardest-hit area in the state of the sequester cuts. The office said $36 million would be hit by the sequester earlier this year, but that was when the cuts were slated for April, not July and there were going to be 22 furlough days, not the 11 actually ordered.
Across the country, the furloughs will add to $1.8 billion in savings, according to the Pentagon. But some good news is coming for the base as it will not be part of a plan by the Navy Installations Command to reduce 745 jobs by 2014. According to the base, there are no plans for any reductions in force.
Crane is the third-largest Naval base in the country in terms of size. According to the base, it is the third largest employer in southwest Indiana.