All Civilian employees at the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base returned to work Monday.
last Tuesday by the government shutdown, approximately 900 civilian
employees at the Albany Marine Base were recalled Sunday, to return to
Even though the Defense Secretary directed the
civilian workforce back on the job, those employees may not receive
their paychecks until after the government shutdown ends and Congress
reaches a budget resolution. When they will get paid was the big
question on the base.
Marine Base Commanding Officer Colonel Donald Davis told many of his civilian employees he missed them.
hearing crickets in the building last week and really kind of
struggling to stay afloat, it's a great day to bring back all employees
from the base," said Colonel Davis.
But programming management
analyst Ali Tillman said it was tough returning to work, because
employees have lots of questions. Mainly about when their next paycheck
"We're still incurring expenses," said Tillman. "Still
got to pay for gas. Got to pay for food. But we don't know when we're
going to get a paycheck. And we still have rent, a mortgage. All that
All the employees we talked with said they had mixed emotions returning to work, with this government shutdown.
wanted to come back to work," said Public Affairs Specialist Verda
Parker. "We want to be able to do our jobs, but we are still not quite
as comfortable as we would if we knew when all this was going to end."
Base employees said they are frustrated by the work they see politicians doing in Washington.
failed to do their job," said Engineering and Equipment Operator Willie
Palmer. If I fail to do my job they would send me to the house and
replace me. With Congress, come election time maybe we can replace
The uncertainty in Washington makes it tough for some of the Albany Marine Base employees to get back to work.
very distracting," notes Tillman. "I know a lot of people I talked with
are more or less thinking about their pay and their personal situation,
versus the work that they have to do. It's really a morale killer."
Davis said it's a learning curve they are having to adjust to. "We'd
like to get through it, and get everybody back to a normal work status:
when they know they got a paycheck."
All the employees said they were confident they would get a paycheck, but worry when that will be.
Base employees have been furloughed six days already this year.
Davis thanked South Georgia businesses for showing support for the base
employees in what he called "these hard times" and asked that they
continue to extend courtesies to the employees when possible.