Back to work for many Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard employeesUPDATED 11:47 PM HST Oct 05, 2013Video Transcript
workers in Hawaii, despite the government shutdown. Good evening, I'm Pamela Young. All civilian employees at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard's have their jobs back... following an order from the Pentagon today. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he's bringing back as many civilian employees as possible.... using the Pay Our Military Act that was approved before the shutdown. It allows workers who contribute to the morale, well-being and readiness of the military... back on the job. But the order raises a big question for many Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard employees and the union representing them. Don Bongo: "DO WE COME BACK, GET PAID OR DO WE WAIT UNTIL CONGRESS AGREES ON THE BUDGET? THAT REALLY HASN'T, ALL WE HEARD WAS THAT ALL FURLOUGHED EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS THE EXCEPTED EMPLOYEES, WILL BE PAID ON TIME." The order does clear up a financial concern for those employees, required to work despite the shutdown, in order to keep things running at the shipyard. Don Bongo: "THE EXCEPTED WORKERS WERE KIND OF CONCERNED THAT THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AS THE FURLOUGHED EMPLOYEES HAD THE ABILITY THE FILE CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT." In a rare unanimous agreement in the House, all federal workers will receive retroactive pay once the government reopens, pending Senate approval. But when representatives from both sides of the aisle talked about resolving the shutdown as a whole, the sides were still far apart. Pearl Harbor Shipyard workers are advised to monitor the shipyard's Facebook page and contact number... for any updates.