Civilian workers return to Fort McCoy

2013-10-08T00:00:00Z 2013-10-08T06:22:14Z Civilian workers return to Fort McCoyTribune staff La Crosse Tribune
October 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

About 900 furloughed civilian employees are returning to work this week despite a continuing federal government shutdown.

Some workers were expected to report for duty Monday afternoon, with the rest resuming work today, said Linda Fournier, spokeswoman for the fort.

About 500 soldiers remained on duty at the base between Sparta and Tomah, though Fournier said training for some 2,200 National Guard and Reserve troops had to be canceled because of the lack of civilian employees.

About 600 civilian workers responsible for safety and security, overseeing contract work or in self-supporting entities like the post exchange were unaffected by the furlough.

The Department of Defense announced over the weekend that it would eliminate furloughs for all employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.

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