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Pearl Harbor employees may go back to work soon

October 6, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Pearl Harbor Shipyard workers sidelined by the federal government shutdown may soon be back on the job.

Hawaii News Now reported Saturday that a spokeswoman for an employees union said workers could return by Monday.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa also released a statement, saying it was her understanding that U.S. Defense Department civilian workers will be able to go back to work.

Officials say nearly 3,000 shipyard workers were furloughed by the partial shutdown.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday that the Pay Our Military Act permits the Pentagon to get rid of furloughs for employees who "contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members."



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