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UPDATED: End of shutdown puts federal workers back on the job

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Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are back on the job today after being furloughed during the 16-day government shutdown.

Workers were notified by the Office of Personnel Management to return on their next regularly scheduled work day, which was Thursday for most. The office allowed telework and excused absences for some to help ensure a smooth transition back to daily work life.

Those workers will receive back pay for days lost in their next paycheck, which will come on October 29 for most. Some union officials say that's too long of a wait for those employees with bills to pay and the National Treasury Employees Union is asking for retroactive paychecks to be issued next week. As part of the deal to end the shutdown, workers will also get a one percent raise in January, their first since salaries were frozen in 2010.

The return to work was noticeable for Washington commuters, who have had a less-crowded trip over the last two weeks. Metro saw a 20 percent drop in riders during the shutdown and reported losses of a few hundred thousands dollars every day.

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