Some 800,000 civilians working on military installations across the country could take a serious pay cut. That's if Congress fails to pass a budget in on March 1. Furloughs will go into effect that will give one day of unpaid leave a
week for 22 weeks to certain civilian employees. It translates into a 20
percent pay cut for over five months -- from April 21 to the end of
September. Fort Bliss has a civilian workforce of 11,000. "We rely
on our civilian work force for an awful lot. For our gyms, our medical
facilities, maintaining beautification on the installation, maintaining quality
of life," said Maj. Joe Buccino, spokesperson for Fort Bliss. Many may be
on the chopping block come next week.
"It hurts the economy here in the El Paso area and in any place that there's a military installation, it's gonna hurt that," said John Baily, CEO of TIGUA INC. While his company won't be directly affected by these potential cuts, the future is still up in the air. Thousands of temporary contracts across the military have already been cut. Baily says he's preparing for the worst. "We're making sure that we diversify the type of contracts that we bid and the places that we bid to make sure that we can keep all of our people employed," said Baily.
Connie looks at things differently. She is one of the thousands who will likely have to take a pay cut. One day unpaid a week for 22 weeks. "Anything that I do excess in my own personal life, I would have to just adjust," said Connie.
Fort Bliss officials are hopeful. "We'd be able to manage that in a
way that it's staggered so we can maintain services to the best of our ability,"
"It's really being able to take care of the soldiers and our families. I mean, that's what our job is and that's what this country owes to our soldiers and their families is to really take care of their family," said Baily. Civilian employees who deal with matters of health, life and safety would likely not be affected. By the end of this week or early next week, Bliss officials will know who is exempt and exactly how the furloughs will be implemented.
Story posted 2013.02.21 at 08:47 PM CST
11,000 Fort Bliss workers could take serious pay cuts
John Baily, CEO of Tigua Inc. was featured on KFOX14 El Paso News
February 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM. Mr. Baily discusses the impact that the pay cuts have on Soldiers, their Families, and how this could affect businesses in our local community such as ours relating to government contracting.
Tigua Inc supports the 212th Fires Brigade Olympics
August 16, 2012
Tigua Inc and our subsidiaries worked with the Fort Bliss USO to serve hot
dogs to over 700 212th Fires Brigade Soldiers and their families.
"This was a great opportunity for the Tigua family to serve those who serve. We
are honored to spend time with our Guardian Unit" stated Tigua CEO John
Tigua Inc is part of the Association of the United States Army, GA Omar
Bradley Chapter Guardian for the 212th Fires Brigade.
Tigua Enterprises was awarded the Commercial Facilities Maintenance contract for the the Harvey W. Wiley Building in College Park, Maryland
Tigua Enterprises and our partner, PM Services, will provide all facilities maintenance for the FDA Building. We are very excited about this opportunity as it is our first major win for Tigua Enterprises. This is a 5 year contract with the GSA.
_El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce awarded Tigua, Inc. the 2012 Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Year "Diversity"
December 13, 2011
John Baily (on right) - CEO of Tigua, Inc. and Christopher Munoz (on left) - Director of HR / TIgua, Inc. are pictured here accepting this award on behalf of Tigua, Inc. at the Annual "General Membership Mercado".
Tigua, Inc. received this honor because the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce felt that our company learned that surviving in today's business climate is with diversification. Tigua, Inc. represented the best in diversity in our people, products, and the services that we provide.