Union workers from AFGE Local 1938 met in Barboursville Thursday night to vote on whether or not to agree to negotiate with the Department of Defense through the Army Corps of Engineers.
They say federal budget cuts may force them to take 22 furlough days without pay this year.
Union members from West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky help operate the locks and dams and federal forests.
They say they barely have enough workers now, and being forced off the job could affect waterways and flood control.
Members voted almost unanimously to agree to continue negotiations.
They say that means if the furloughs happen, they can negotiate better ways to keep things running.
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