Robins Air Force Civilian Employees Return to Work

4:47 PM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
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Some Robins Air Force Base civilian employees returned to work Monday. That's after a week on furlough due to the government shutdown.

Some workers say it was good to be back, but they had to play catch up on the work they missed.

"I am glad to be back. I wasn't doing much for the taxpayer while I was sitting at home being paid, so I would rather be at work doing things that need to be done," said Chris Carter, a program manager at Robins Air Force Base.

But a few say it wasn't exactly business as usual the first day.

"It was kind of strange because people were still trickling in. You wasn't sure who was going to be there or who got the message," said Jeanette McElheney, information records manager at the base.

Some say last week's furloughs were harder than the furloughs that happened earlier this year.

"It was only six days and it was planned for every Friday, and because it was planned for just Fridays, we were able to get a lot of things done. We just doubled up on what we were doing on the normal workdays, so it didn't impact us nearly as severely as this four days away from the office," said Carter.

With no budget from Congress, McElheney said she feels there is an uncertain future.

"It is kind of like an iffy because the resolution has not passed, the continuing resolution has not passed, then we are not sure how long we are going to be here. We were just furloughed as everybody knows for six days. As soon as that furlough was over, we went back to work for a little while, and then we were furloughed again not knowing whether we were going to get paid," said McElheney.

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