Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a statement announcing the recall of "most DoD civilians" who were put on furlough by the government shutdown.
October 5, 2013 The plan will bring hundreds of thousands of workers back to work next week. News of the recall comes hours after the House of Representatives passed a bill approving back pay for 800,000 federal workers idled by the government shutdown.
Furloughed federal workers demonstrate in Washington earlier this week. Hundreds of thousands of government employees can't work as long as the House of Representatives and Senate remain gridlocked.
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October 5, 2013 Federal workers who were furloughed by a government shutdown will receive back pay once they return to work, if a bill passed by the House of Representatives Saturday meets Senate approval. The White House has said it favors such a move.
August 6, 2013 Earlier this year, Pentagon workers were told they could face up to 22 furlough days because of budget cuts; the number is now 6 days. Some 650,000 civilian defense workers began taking furlough days on July 8.
July 30, 2013 Tentative plans could reduce 11 days of unpaid leave to as few as six days for civilian workers, The Associated Press reports, citing anonymous sources at the Pentagon.
April 26, 2013 The Senate passed the legislation on Thursday. President Obama will sign it, the White House says. This means the FAA will be able to shift funds so that the number of air traffic controllers on duty no longer needs to be reduced in order to satisfy sequestration.
April 25, 2013 The furloughs have been blamed for widespread delays at the nation's airports. The vote late Thursday was unanimous. The House could vote on the measure Friday.
August 6, 2010 In a story on state and local cutbacks, the NY Times reports that Hawaii furloughed its kids. The piece provides meaningful examples of how services citizens take for granted are falling to the ax.
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