Local furloughed federal employees return to work
POSTED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 4:45pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 5:51am
EL PASO (KTSM) — It was back to work today for the Superintendent of the Chamizal National Memorial Gus Sanchez, he was among the thousands of the federal workers who were furloughed for 16 days.
"It feels great to be back you know it was a difficult period for a lot of the staff and I have a really dedicated staff of federal employees and they felt very frustrated not being able to do their duty as much of the nation felt," Sanchez said.
The shutdown forced many like Gus out of work while others like Susie Aguilera an employee at William Beaumont Army Medical Center worked for two weeks with no pay.
"It affects me in anyways just like anybody else I mean we can't call our mortgage company or whatever bills it is you may have or your grocery store and say I’ll pay you later," Aguilera said.
But employees weren't the only ones who benefited from the end of the shutdown. Several El Paso residents visited the Chamizal today.
"I think this is good and I hope it stays this way and I'm just glad it's open again," central El Paso resident Irma Piñon said.
After returning from the long weeks in Washington El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke says his office now is ready to assist any constituent.
"We just invite the public to use us as their advocate we're open for business again and look forward to serving everybody," O’Rourke said.
Aguilera says that after the shutdown some of her fed up co-workers decided to resign.
"We did lose a lot of good providers, nurses, technician’s office workers you name it because of the uncertainty that this caused," Aguilera added.
Despite the agreement in D.C. for some what happened will never be forgotten.
"The damage that this has done to the federal worker to America it's not repairable it's a disappointment and it's shameful," Aguilera concluded.
Federal workers will be paid through retro-active checks in the next pay period.