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MCLB-Albany civilian workers getting paid again

MCLB-ALBANY — Officials at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany say the civilian workers who were called back earlier this week despite the shutdown will soon be receiving pay again.

Civilian employees aboard MCLB-Albany were recalled Monday, despite the ongoing government shutdown, and base functions resumed as normal. The question of top priority was after that, officials say, was: “Are the civilian employees going to receive a paycheck now that they are back to work?”

The Pay Our Military Act (POMA) bill was passed by Congress and approved by the president earlier this week. This bill provides pay and allowances to certain Department of Defense civilian employees who give support to members of the Armed Forces.

All MCLB civilian employees who were recalled and returned to work will get paid, on time and as normally scheduled, for days worked since they were recalled from furlough. Officials at the base say employees will see the pay for the days they have not been compensated for when they get their next paychecks.

“This is great news and we are extremely happy that everyone is back and will be paid for the great services they provide this base and the country in support of the warfighter,” said Col. Don Davis, commanding officer of MCLB. “We continue to remain hopeful that Congress will pass a budget that ends the government shutdown completely.”

Furlough notices went out to MCLB employees when the shutdown began on Oct.1, excluding military personnel and certain civilian personnel such as those working for emergency services like police and fire. Over the weekend, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that most Department of Defense civilians placed on emergency furlough would be directed to return to work.

For many affected civilians, the most recent furloughs were the second time in as many months they were forced to take unpaid leave. Earlier this year, 3,000 workers at MCLB were impacted by weekly furloughs that were initially planned to last 11 weeks, but was later reduced to six weeks — allowing those impacted to return to their normal work schedules by the end of August.