Fort Drum Workers To Soon Learn About Lost Wages

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Into the second week of the partial government shutdown, there's still no funding for the federal government.

But things are getting back to normal at Fort Drum.

"Every indication we've had is everybody's been called back," said Jeff Zuhlke, Local 400 of the American Federation of Government Employees.

The offices at Local 400 are finally staffed again.

Zuhlke spent the day looking for clarification on the finer points of the situation two days after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered DOD civilian employees back to work.

At Fort Drum, that includes all furloughed workers in the garrison and the medical services department.

With things close to back to normal at Fort Drum, the political gamesmanship continues in Congress.

"I think people are not seriously working toward finding a solution which is why I think it's incumbent upon Mr. Boehner to put it on the floor," said north country Congressman Bill Owens (D. - 21st District).

Meanwhile, union members at Drum will learn more about their lost wages Tuesday morning at a briefing with Deputy Garrison Commander Mike McKinnon.

They're not ready to let bygones be bygones.

"Just having the additional stress of not knowing when or if a paycheck will come, not knowing how long that was going to take to process, People have deferred making payments on bills. It's already happened," said Zuhlke.

See our earlier report

Friday, August 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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