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Many civilians returning to work at Bragg, Lejeune

Posted October 7, 2013

— Many civilian employees will return to work at Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune this week.

Defense Department officials say the decision to recall the workers comes after a review of a law passed by Congress and signed by the president to ensure that military personnel are paid.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the law allows the recall of civilian workers if their jobs contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members. That includes employees who work in health care, commissaries and maintenance.

About 7,200 civilians were furloughed at Fort Bragg and hundreds more who work at Camp Lejeune were sent home last week in the dispute over the federal budget. The new law guarantees the pay of civilian defense workers, but there's no word yet on how federal contractors might be affected.

Fourth District Congressman David Price said the government shutdown must be resolved before next week's battle over the debt ceiling. If the standoff continues, he said, letting the country default on its debts could have global economic consequences.

Civilian defense workers back on job despite shutdown

"We've got to get through it. We know how to get through it," Price said. "First of all, the hostage-taking needs to stop. Congress needs to do its job in terms of keeping the government open and raising the debt limit so the country can pay its bills."

Meanwhile, the shutdown has eliminated federal benefits for about 2,400 North Carolina residents who have lost their jobs because their industries moved overseas.

Under the Federal Trade Act, such displaced workers are eligible for extended benefits, known as the Trade Readjustment Allowance, including cash assistance, subsidized health insurance and retraining for new careers.

The assistance ended last Tuesday, and affected families are now two weeks behind. State officials said money was released Monday and checks should go out this week to catch up, but there's no guarantee about next week if the shutdown continues.

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  • littleriver69 Oct 8, 12:49 p.m.

    You folks do know that the civilians are back to work but with no pay in sight! They'll get paid when the gubment is back open!

  • welfarequeen Oct 7, 6:42 p.m.

    I would much rather see the museums and national parks open back up as opposed to sending military "civilian employees" back to pencil pushing.

  • eoglane Oct 7, 6:19 p.m.

    Well I retired and we had a lot of civilians employees doing a lot of jobs on Ft Bragg

  • sunshine1040 Oct 7, 6:19 p.m.

    We had civilian employees back in the 60s but we GI,s did the grunt work as we knew civilian would not go tdy or sent into combat or out in the field for training.

  • IndependentAmerican Oct 7, 11:09 a.m.

    You know they will be extra busy catching up from last week and trying to understand how they will operate until the 'shutdown' has officially ended. I hope they enjoyed their extra paid vacation last week - they will need it.

  • lopo Oct 7, 10:29 a.m.

    When I was in the service, I dont remember civilian employees ,, We did all the work, Cleaning,Grass cutting,Painting, Guard duty,, Maint.Military Doctors, Road const.

    Now we have civilians do this type of work which invests into the economy and frees up active duty soldiers to do the job tax payers are paying for them to do.

  • oleguy Oct 7, 8:19 a.m.

    When I was in the service, I dont remember civilian employees ,, We did all the work, Cleaning,Grass cutting,Painting, Guard duty,, Maint.Military Doctors, Road const.