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Shipyard workers may return soon

HONOLULU (AP) — Pearl Harbor Shipyard workers sidelined by the federal government shutdown may soon be back on the job.

A spokeswoman for an employees’ union says workers could return by Monday.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa also released a statement, saying it was her understanding that U.S. Defense Department civilian workers will be able to go back to work.

Officials say nearly 3,000 shipyard workers were furloughed by the partial shutdown.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pay Our Military Act permits the Pentagon to get rid of furloughs for employees who “contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.”

Hagel says he expects the number of furloughs for civilian employees to drop once military departments bring back workers who fit those categories.


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