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98 contract workers at W.Va. ATF facility laid off

Apr. 15, 2013 @ 09:13 AM

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — More than 90 contract workers at a federal facility in Martinsburg have been laid off due to federal budget cuts.

The Department of Justice tells media outlets that it had to cut its budget by $82 million. As a result, 98 contract workers at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' facility were laid off.

If the cuts are sustained, the department says up 160 contract workers at the facility could be affected.

The automatic spending cuts were triggered by the lack of a budget agreement in Washington.

West Virginia Department of Commerce spokeswoman Courtney Sisk says an informational meeting for the laid-off workers will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the James Rumsey Technical Institute near Hedgesville.