Furloughed workers expected to return to Hill Air Force Base

- LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A portion of furloughed employees from Hill Air Force Base are expected to return to work Monday morning as they are considered essential Department of Defense workers.

The government shutdown sent roughly 2,700 people from Hill Air Force Base home without pay last week. ABC 4 Utah found out a small amount of those furloughed employees are set to return to the job.

People in Layton said their co-workers or relatives got a call from a government department Sunday asking them to return to work, but the future remains uncertain for many others.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the Pentagon will recall most of it’s furloughed civilian workers on Monday. He said those employees are people whose responsibilities contribute to the morale and well being of service members.

At Hill Air Force Base, those employees are any considered essential in the Department of Defense, like workers at the Airman Family and Readiness Center.

It is unclear how many people received a call to return to work. Unconfirmed reports said those employees would receive a paycheck at the end of the week.

ABC 4 Utah reached out to the base spokesman, but due to the furloughs he is not answering calls.

It remains unclear how long the government shutdown will last.

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