Civilian military workers back on the job in Colorado

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COLORADO SPRINGS | Nearly 3,000 civilian military workers are back on the job in Colorado.

The Gazette reports that at least 2,650 workers at Fort Carson, the Air Force Academy and the North American Aerospace Defense

Maj. Ryan Burke scans the nearly empty shelves in the meat section at the Fort Carson Commissary in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The commissary was busier than normal with news that it will close  until further notice because of the government shutdown.   (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT
Maj. Ryan Burke scans the nearly empty shelves in the meat section at the Fort Carson Commissary in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The commissary was busier than normal with news that it will close until further notice because of the government shutdown. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

Command received notice this weekend to return to work on Monday. In addition, 130 civilian workers are also working again at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.

Congress passed a bill hours before the government shutdown to exempt civilian military workers but many were furloughed anyway. Congressmen Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn and others pushed the Defense Department to reverse that. On Sunday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said government lawyers have advised that the law didn’t permit an across the board furlough of civilian employees. He says more personnel can be exempted as essential under the law.