Hanford YouTube Song About Furloughs Picks Up Viewers

By Anna King

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Jason Strickling and his wife Lana of Pasco are planning some extra time with the kids this summer. That’s because she works for a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor in southeast Washington and her employer is requiring her to take about five weeks of unpaid leave before September.
Jason Strickling and his wife Lana of Pasco with their children.
Jason Strickling and his wife Lana of Pasco with their children.

The federal budget cuts known as the sequester are forcing a total of 25-hundred workers at Hanford to take unpaid time off. Together the Stricklings came up with a song about the furloughs to the tune of the Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat and put it on YouTube.

The song has only been up for a few days and already collected hundreds of hits. Today more than 200 Hanford employees also were laid off because of the national budget cuts.

Copyright 2013 Northwest Public Radio

Watch the Stricklings’ entire Furlough Comes video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nZAVjDI2E7M

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