Furloughs were called off nationwide for a good portion of the civilian workforce of the Defense Department over the weekend. This puts hundreds of thousands back into their workplace come Monday morning. Some of these furloughs called off over the weekend came down to the wire for thousands who work at Connecticut’s Sikorsky Aircraft. This furlough was slated to start today, Monday Oct. 7, according to the Hartford Courant on Oct. 6.
Connecticut is home to many businesses that count on government contracts to keep thousands employed. United Technologies was quick to thank the government for the furlough reverse in a press release this weekend:
"United Technologies greatly appreciates the efforts of those in the Administration and Congress who facilitated the recall of the furloughed civilian employees in the U.S. Department of Defense."
News that the furloughs are called off came from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday. Hagel’s written press release announced that the Pentagon will bring back most of the furloughed civilian employees in the U.S. Department of Defense.
The law provides guidelines for a furlough in the government, which permits the return of workers: “whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members," basically meaning essential workers. Hagel said that lawyers from the Pentagon and Justice Department that the 400,000 civilian employees already on furlough or slated for furlough were called back under this law.
The Pentagon is now moving to “identify all employees whose activities fall under these categories,” which will significantly reduce civilian furloughs under this process." Hagel adds that this law does not mean there is a “blanket recall of all civilians.”