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March 15, 2013

Crane workers protest upcoming cuts

Furlough notices go out next week

(Continued)

CRANE —

Passing vehicles honked in solidarity to the protest. Roy Pannell, a former national vice president of the union, said the soldier overseas suffers because of the sequester cuts.

“It’s unconscionable, it’s un-American yet they wrap themselves around the flag,” Pannell said. “These employees have made a decision to hold the defense of this country.”

Scott Arnold, the current national vice president for the union’s sixth district, said, “Sequestration was never supposed to happen.”

“These are federal workers and dedicated workers,” Arnold said. “They’ve given $122 billion towards deficit reduction when you talk about pay freezes. You talk about the decrease of pension contributions, no other group has given that much to deficit reduction.”

Lois Mitchell, Bedford, said she has a grandson going to Afghanistan. She wanted to make sure the items Crane makes in supporting soldiers got to him.

“The people who are over there now, we’re not going to be able to help them,” Mitchell said.

“If we’re not going to support the warfighter, who will?” Colvin said.

Colvin said he and local secretary/treasurer Mary Crow went to Washington D.C. in February to talk about the sequester at Crane with congressmen from Indiana. He said their requests were heard “on deaf ears” and  representatives like 8th District Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Newburgh, and U.S. Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly should not be re-elected because of their inactions.

Bucshon, through a spokesman, disagreed with the notion he has not done anything and said the congressman has voted twice for a federal budget without the sequester cuts.

Tara DiJulio, spokesperson for Coats, said he also opposed the legislation.

“The men and women at Crane go to work every day supporting our warfighters and Coats believes Washington should cut the hundreds of duplicative and inefficient programs within our federal government rather than furlough hardworking Hoosiers at Crane and the uniformed military technicians of the Indiana National Guard,” DiJulio said.

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