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In the Lowcountry, it's good news for hundreds of civilian workers from the local American Federation of Government Employees union.
All furloughed employees from the local AFGE union in Beaufort are now back to work at Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station. The only question that remains now is when they'll get paid.
This was the scene last Thursday as members of the union protested the government shutdown.
Over the weekend, hundreds of furloughed employees including local union president Sue Partridge got the call they've been waiting for.
"It was really unexpected, I'm glad for it. I'm excited that it happened sooner than later but it's nice to go back to work and do my job," said Partridge.
Partridge says the recall is an acknowledgement of how important these civilian employees are.
"This is our livelihood and we're good at what we do, when we're not there, our jobs don't get done. So we can't support our military the way they need us when we're not there," she said.
Nearly all of the 291 furloughed employees at Parris Island are going back to work, and all the closed facilities, like the commissary, are scheduled to reopen by Tuesday.
The Marine Corps Air Station recalled more than 400 furloughed employees.
But some say, the damage is done.
"Next time we have an election, we're going to vote them out because they didn't do a job and we don't want to take the chance of ever having this happen to us again," said MCAS employee Brenda Jenkins.
Partridge says the local AFGE union is still planning a rally on Wednesday for all non-DOD employees.