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Some Hill Air Force Base employees return to work

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Oct 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-07 13:42:00-04

LAYTON, Utah -- While the government shutdown continues in Washington, some government employees in Utah might be getting some welcome news.

It's been a tough time for 2,600 Hill Air Force Base workers who were sent home without pay after the government shutdown. They had no idea just how long they'd be out of work, but some employees received a call Sunday night saying they could report back to work Monday.

The calls came after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that most of the 400,000 Pentagon workers would return back to work. As for Hill Air Force Base, they have not released the exact number of employees who returned back to work Monday.

Tony Valdez, a union representative for the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1592, said the organization is happy to see some of its members finally getting back on their feet.

"It's a very rocky road for them," Valdez said. "They're glad to be back to work, but they're still unsure of whether or not they're going to be paid, so that's the next crisis they're in."

A bill that provides back pay for furloughed federal employees was passed by the House unanimously over the weekend, but there's still employees waiting for that phone call that will get them back to work.

Along with Hill Air Force Base, the Utah National Guard also welcomed back all but 80 of its 1,200 furloughed workers.