Civilians back to work at Fort Drum
FORT DRUM (AP) – Civilian employees are back to work at Fort Drum and West Point after a week of furloughs stemming from the government shutdown.
U.S. Military Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Webster Wright said most of the academy’s 1,422 furloughed civilian employees returned to work on Monday.
The American Federation of Government Employees Local 400 told the Watertown Daily Times that about 325 furloughed medical workers were called back in at Fort Drum. The northern New York post on Sunday night said that all 250 garrison employees were called to return to their work Monday as well.
About half of the Defense Department’s civilian employees nationwide were furloughed last week. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly all 350,000 back on the job.