Federal Employee Furlough Appreciation
Support Our Federal Families!
Work furloughs directed by the Pentagon will affect thousands of Hawaii’s dedicated federal workers and their families. This is a civilian workforce that has been called upon daily to provide for the security of the nation despite being denied a pay raise for the past three years due to the nation’s budget crisis.
Effective July 8, most federal workers expect to see their wages cut by a staggering 20% through the government’s fiscal year ending on September 30. The average loss of pay for a federal employee in Hawaii for 11 days is $3,300. This will surely have significant impact on the lives of federal employees just as families plan to celebrate the end of summer and prepare for the start of a new school year.
Businesses are encouraged to extend your aloha for our federal workers by offering special discounts through September 30th. The offerings will help to promote the business sector’s generosity in assisting Hawaii’s federal employees cope with unplanned pay cuts being forced upon them.
“My loss in pay during the furlough means cancelling family vacation before school starts and no more eating at our favorite restaurants or watching movies,” said Mark, a federal employee for the Navy. “Maybe we’ll do movie matinees or find discount specials to ease the pain.”
“I’m a single-mom with two kids. It’s a financial hardship for me having to think about child care costs and school supply purchases,” said Christine, a federal employee for the Army. “If I’m furloughed next fiscal year, it’s going to be even tougher on us.”
Special discounts offered through September 30th.
Federal employees need to show their federal civilian ID card or pay stub with a photo ID at the following locations.