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WI Guard announces state worker temporary layoffs, postpones weekend training

MADISON (WKOW) -- In addition to furloughs for hundreds of employees, the Wisconsin National Guard has also postponed training scheduled for this weekend and may temporarily lay off some state employees.

The federal government shutdown caused the Guard to furlough more than 800 federal technicians, while keeping roughly 210 essential employees on until government operations resume.

On Wednesday, the Guard announced about 125 state employees who work for the Department of Military Affairs may face temporary layoffs. These employees pay is partially-funded by the federal government.

Officials say the layoffs could come with very short notice.

The Guard is also canceling unit training activities scheduled for October 4-6, which was announced Wednesday.

"This is an unfortunate decision, and it certainly is not our preferred course of action, but it is the only option left to us," said Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, Wisconsin adjutant general. "The training that is conducted during National Guard drills is critical to maintaining our proficiency and readiness, but without authorized funding we cannot conduct training."

The training will be rescheduled.

President Obama signed a law earlier this week to ensure all active duty, Active Guard and Reserve and essential federal technicians will be paid in full and on time during the shutdown.

Temporary layoffs would not apply to state employees working with Army National Guard electronic security or critical communication systems, Army or Air National Guard security guards, Air National guard fire protection, or Challenge Academy. State employees also hold Department of Military Affairs positions in human resources, legal counsel, resource management, budget and finance, public affairs, strategic plans, and Wisconsin Emergency Management.

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