Furloughed EPA Workers Anxious to Return to Work

Oct 16, 2013

A deal is in the works today for Congress to end the partial government shutdown. If it goes through, hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees could be back at work as early as tomorrow.

Cami Grandinetti has been on furlough from the Seattle office of the Environmental Protection Agency since October 1. She says she’s anxious to return to her job and start dealing with a backlog missed meetings, phone calls and e-mails.

“You come back and you have to decide how do I prioritize the work that’s been piling up? How do I figure out what needs the most urgent attention? How do you sort of re-engage in day to day business. That will just be difficult for everybody I think" says Grandinetti.

Proposed legislation to end the shutdown does include back pay for furloughed workers but Grandinetti bristles at the notion that her days off amount to a paid vacation.

She says she and her co-workers have been on standby, and uncertain about future paychecks. Some even applied for unemployment, not knowing how long the budget stalemate might last.

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