Created: Sun, 06 Oct 2013 09:16:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:48:16 EST
All furloughed Air Force employees at Robins Air Force Base are being asked to return to work Monday according to a release from Robins.
In an email from Robins:
“Air Force employees at Robins who were furloughed are being asked to return towork as early as Monday. Base organizations are in the process of notifying affected workers. “
There are a few exceptions according to the 21st Century Partnership. The Bargaining Unit have the option to return Tuesday. Roughly 4,500 workers were furloughed at the base after the government shutdown last week according to the 21st Century Partnership.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement Saturday saying all civilian employees will be asked to return beginning Monday. Hagel said a reevaluation of the Pay Our Military Act passed before Tuesday allows the Department of Defense to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being and readiness of service members. The law originally allowed only active military to continue being paid.
Just hours before the announcement, the house passed a bill providing back pay to federal workers who were furloughed. No word on when the senate might vote on that bill.