The Defense Finance and Accounting Service has agreed to suspend a controversial policy of terminating workers for credit reasons while it reviews whether it was necessary to upgrade their security clearances in 2005.

“I have been getting calls all afternoon, people are ecstatic,” says Angelo “Troy” Marshall, who heads the union that represents the facility’s defense payroll workers, American Federation of Government Employees Local 3283.

Marshall himself was slated to lose his job on Friday because he owes nearly $6,000 in credit card and medical debt. He said today’s announcement gives a temporary reprieve to 47 workers who were slated to lose their jobs, and that the union is still trying to “work something out” to save the jobs of 20 workers who were already terminated under the policy.

The decision was announced Tuesday by Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who worked with other Northeast Ohio members of Congress to appeal the agency’s decision. Workers at the Cleveland facility process pay for active duty Navy personnel, military retirees, and government officials including President Barack Obama.

“I am glad DFAS has decided to put the terminations on hold,” Kucinich said. “It is important that they review the policy, which would cause people to lose their jobs simply because they are having trouble paying their bills. Our job now is to make sure that no one loses his or her job because of credit difficulties.”

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Article courtesy cleveland.com

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