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Sunday, Oct 06 2013 06:55 PM

Air Force Materiel Command civilians will return to work at Edwards

Air Force Materiel Command civilians who had been furloughed are to return to work on Monday, Oct. 7, according to Kenji Thuloweit, public affairs specialist at Edwards Air Force Base.

The furlough was related to the partial government shutdown that took effect last Tuesday, idling roughly 800,000 "non-essential" federal workers.

Thuloweit said that the furloughed workers in the Air Force Materiel Command at Edwards are to return at their normal shift and duty location.
"If you are unable to do so, notify your supervisor promptly," Tuloweit said, adding that supervisors of Council 214 bargaining unit employees are reminded that the MOA dated Feb. 8, 2012, applies. Specifically, that means that these bargaining unit employees may exercise the option to report on Tuesday in accordance with the notification timeline outlined in the MOA, or they may report on Monday, if they chose to do so.

On Saturday the Pentagon announced  that it would order nearly all of its 350,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work this week, a move that could substantially reduce the impact of the government shutdown.

Pentagon officials said more than 90 percent of the employees who were told to stay home are expected to return to work under a decision made by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who said workers are needed to support the readiness of the military.

The decision, supported by members of both parties, will leave about 450,000 of the federal government’s 2.1 million civilian employees on furlough.

With the exception of firefighting personnel, most national parks, national forest and Bureau of Land Management staff have been put on furlough.

And the furlough continues to have an impact across the country and in the aerospace industry. On Friday, Lockheed Martin announced that approximately 3,000 employees have been identified for furlough on Monday, Oct. 7, as a result of the government shutdown. The number of employees affected is expected to increase weekly in the event of a prolonged shutdown. This includes employees who are unable to work because the government facility where they perform their work is closed, or their work requires a government inspection that cannot be completed, or we’ve received a stop work order.

“I‘m disappointed that we must take these actions and we continue to encourage our lawmakers to come together to pass a funding bill that will end this shutdown," said Marillyn A. Hewson, Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer and President. “In an effort to minimize the impact on our employees, we are directing affected employees to use available vacation time so they can continue to receive their pay and benefits. We hope that Congress and the Administration are able to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”

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