For thousands of civilian workers at Robins Air Force Base who were sent home Tuesday, it’s now hurry up and wait.
About 4,000 employees reported for work as usual Tuesday, but they were headed back home within four hours after receiving furlough notices, thanks to the government shutdown.
“Everybody had to come into work (Tuesday) until they got their notices, and then there was an orderly shutdown” of base areas affected, said Faye Banks-Anderson, who works in the Robins public affairs office.
Workers were told to follow news developments about the funding impasse in Washington, she said, and once the shutdown is over, they will be getting recalls from their supervisors.
“They will stay out” until Congress approves a funding measure, she said.
Plenty of workers at Robins are still on the job. They include “life and limb” employees vital to base safety — security officers and firefighters, for example, as well as those who work on planes.
A statement sent to base workers said in part: “While we’re hopeful the budget uncertainty will be resolved, we’re currently preparing as many as 4,000 members of our workforce to be furloughed, which would occur if there is a lapse in appropriations. This includes making the employees aware of the administrative procedures associated with this type of furlough, including the timing of those actions. Military personnel would continue in a normal duty status. … A furlough would put severe hardships on an already stressed workforce.”