PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - The Defense Department is recalling 90 percent of its furloughed workers.
That includes many of the thousands of people who received furlough notices last week in Hampton Roads. 3,600 civilians working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth alone were furloughed.
Pentagon lawyers determined the law passed last week that allows military members to be paid on time during the shutdown also allows for civilian workers who directly support the military to stay on the job.
Commissary employees are considered direct support, so starting Monday morning commissaries will be open for shopping. They were closed last week as part of the government shutdown.
Emmit Warren has worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard off and on since 1967. He told WAVY.com he was happy to be back to work Monday.
"Kind of crazy not going in. I've been going so long," Warren said. But he told WAVY.com he was more concerned for the well being of the younger people he works with.
"I feel good for them too, some of them don't have income coming in. You know I still had some income coming but I still enjoy working," he said.
Another worker, Jon Hill, was deemed essential last week. He still had to go to work at the shipyard but was not paid.
"Eventually I'll get paid. Just the hard part is that the mortgage company doesn't take I.O.U.s," he said. "But I've got to do what's best for my family and it's right here.
Over the weekend, the House unanimously passed a measure that would allow furloughed workers to be paid for their furlough days retroactively once the shutdown is over. The bill was co-sponsored by Representatives Bobby Scott (D-03) and all Republicans representing Virginia.
The Senate says it will support the bill once it gets to the floor for a vote.
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