NIAGARA FALLS (WKBW) All civilian employees of the 914th Airlift Wing will be returning to work on Monday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, and doing so at their regular pay.
More than 200 of the civilian workers had been furloughed as part of the government shutdown. Most of those Defense Department employees worked on maintenance of planes for the 914th. Another hundred workers had been coming into work on special projects, but doing so with no pay.
Because of an interpretation of the "pay our military act," the civilian workforce of the 914th will be back, and all will be paid despite the continued shutdown.
"A lot of our day to day support operations definitely stopped completely or ratcheted back. We could've turned them on very quickly if the military situation required it, but now we will be doing our day to day support operations," Col. Walter Gordon, Commander of the 914th said.
Colonel Gordon says with the workers back, the 914th will be ready for any military emergency, and able to launch an aircraft without any delay.
This news only applies to the workers of the 914th airlift wing. There is no word yet on what this could mean for the 107th Airlift Wing that also operates out of the Falls base.
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