August 1, 2014

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FAA freeze hits Oberlin workers

OBERLIN — The budget crisis in Congress hit home at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, when four federal employees who work in planning and engineering at the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center in Oberlin were furloughed.

Planning for a new multimillion-dollar air traffic control tower at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will be disrupted, according to Tony Molinaro, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman for the Great Lakes Region.

“We did have to furlough 4,000 people nationwide,” Molinaro said. “When reauthorization gets passed, we’ll be able to proceed again.”

No air traffic controllers or technical workers who deal with equipment were affected by the furloughs, Molinaro said.

In Ohio, a fifth FAA employee who works in Columbus also was told not to come to work, he said.

About 1,000 FAA employees who work around Washington, D.C., will be affected by the furloughs, the first ordered due to the political standoff over raising the federal debt ceiling.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.