|Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a statement announcing the recall of "most DoD civilians" who were put on furlough by the government shutdown.|
Furloughs called off, Thousands of furloughs expected at United Technologies Corp. beginning Monday have been called off thanks to the recall of furloughed employees to the Pentagon, the company announced Sunday.
"United Technologies greatly appreciates the efforts of those in the Administration and Congress who facilitated the recall of the furloughed civilian employees in the U.S. Department of Defense," it said in a news release.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday that the Pentagon will bring most of its 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work.
Hagel said in a written statement that the Pentagon and Justice Department lawyers concluded the law permits the return of workers "whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members."
The Pentagon is now moving to identify "all employees whose activities fall under these categories," and expects to "significantly reduce — but not eliminate — civilian furloughs under this process," he added.
Defense Department lawyers concluded that the law does not permit the "blanket recall of all civilians," Hagel said.
UTC announced Wednesday that if the government shutdown lasted until Monday, 2,000 Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. employees would be furloughed. If the shutdown lasted into the following week, parent company UTC would send home another 2,000 workers. And if budgetary problems continued into November, the giant defense manufacturer said, furloughs would reach 5,000.
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