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Furloughed federal workers protest outside Luke AFB

PHOENIX -- Furloughed federal workers are marching in a picket line outside Luke Air Force Base in Glendale.

They are protesting their sudden loss of pay in the federal government shutdown and calling on Congress to quickly end the impasse.

"The Arizona Republic" reports that about 25 civilian employees worked a picket line for three hours Wednesday outside Luke's north gate.

The protesters urged motorists to tell their elected leaders to end the shutdown.

They carried signs that read "Congress locked us out," "Congress is using us as pawns" and "Luke employees have families."

The protesters were among 412 workers at Luke who were placed on unpaid furloughs Tuesday when Congress failed to reach an agreement on the federal budget.

The fighter pilot training base is Glendale's largest public employer.

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