DoD gives German workers pay raises as American workers get furloughed

William Green Contributor
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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — German civilians working for the U.S. military are all but assured a pay raise that includes a one-time payout — as American defense employees in the country are furloughed.

The deal was agreed to Friday by negotiators representing the German workers and foreign militaries in the country, who employ about 22,000 local nationals, according to ver.di, the union representing the workers.

As expected, news of the deal raised the hackles of some American employees of the Defense Department in Germany, who have also endured years of pay freezes and now face a summer of furloughs that will reduce their pay by 20 percent for 11 weeks beginning the week of July 8.

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