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NC civilian employee union opposes military cuts

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) -- A union that represents civilian workers at Fort Bragg is asking the congressional delegation to fight potential budget cuts.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that the American Federation of Government Employees has sent letters to US Rep. Renee Elmers and Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan.

The letters ask the lawmakers to help avoid devastating cuts to the civilian and military workforce at Fort Bragg. It also calls on the lawmakers to fight across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.

An Army report released earlier this year outlining a worst-case scenario projected Fort Bragg could lose as many as 16,000 students. That report said the region could lose nearly 22,000 jobs. The worst-case scenario could be a loss of $1 billion in the local economy.

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