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Furloughed Pearl Harbor Shipyard Employees to Return to Work

Washington, DC – The Department of Defense announced that a majority of the 2,600 civilian employees furloughed at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility should expect to return to work as early as next week, even if the government remains shutdown.  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made the announcement Saturday, stating that, “employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members,” will be recalled.

“I am grateful that the men and women of the Pearl Harbor Shipyard will be able to return to work and allowed to continue supporting our national defense,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “These are the people that make sure our great nation’s Navy stands ready to engage on the front lines.  The Defense Department’s decision to allow the entire workforce to return to the Pearl Harbor Shipyard will help ensure that our Navy has the resources it needs to stand ready to respond to any contingency in the Asia Pacific.”

Employees impacted by the government shutdown can expect to hear from their supervisors in the coming days about the process for returning to work.