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Majority of furloughed workers on Navy Base return to work

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Dee DeQuattro

Newport, R.I.-Naval Station Newport is calling back most of the 800 employees who were furloughed as a result of the government shut down last week.

The civilian employees who have been called back to work will not be paid until the end of the government shut down but they will accrue hours towards pay.

As of Monday, the Navy command staff recalled all instructors and support personnel, the Naval Health clinic recalled the majority of their 200 employees, the Naval Wear college called back 380 of 381 employees and plans to resume the scheduled curriculum, and the Naval Academy Preparatory School has recalled their entire civilian staff and have resumed classes.

The Commissary will reopen on Tuesday and the Pass & ID office reopened on Monday. The Naval War College Museum will remain closed until a budget is passed.

"After almost a week of being sent home without pay, virtually all furloughed Defense Department civilians are now returning to work at Naval Station Newport and the Rhode Island National Guard. That is good news. However, this shutdown has been tremendously disruptive and these men and women should not have been furloughed in the first place," said Senator Jack Reed. "So this is a positive step. Now we need to get our government up and running again so every single Rhode Islander can be brought back on the job."

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