All 400 workers at Youngstown air base end furlough Monday morning
Staff and wire report
Approximately 400 employees at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna should return to work beginning with the first shift Monday, Maj. Brent Davis, public affairs officer for the air base, announced late this afternoon.
The workers had been furloughed since the shutdown of the federal government began last Tuesday.
The Pentagon will recall almost all of its 350,000 furloughed civilian workers in the coming days, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday, in a move that could substantially ease the impact of the government shutdown on the federal workforce.
The recalls will reduce by about 50 percent the 800,000 federal workers who had been furloughed initially.
Hagel’s decision is based on a liberal interpretation of a bill passed by Congress last week and signed by President Obama that ensures uniformed members of the military will not have their paychecks delayed by the shutdown. The law, titled the Pay Our Military Act, includes broad language exempting Defense Department civilians from furlough if they provide direct support to the military.
Robert F. Hale, the Pentagon comptroller, estimated that more than 90 percent of about 350,000 furloughed Defense Department employees would return to work, many of them as soon as Monday. “We hope to move very quickly,” Hale told reporters.