Wright-Patterson commissary workers who failed to collect back pay for four unpaid emergency furlough days in their last paycheck are due to collect it Nov. 8, a spokesman said.
Kevin L. Robinson, a Defense Commissary Agency spokesman, said the agency did not know how many civilian employees were not paid for the emergency furlough days in their Oct. 25 paychecks, but they will be paid on the next pay date, Nov. 8.
About 100 commissary employees were on unpaid furloughs in the midst of a partial government shutdown this month.
“Our primary focus was ensuring that all employees that required the pay adjustment were put in the system,” Robinson said in an email. “With the sheer volume of retroactive pay transactions that were processed in such a short period of time, we were not able to track the numbers of those who weren’t paid by Oct. 25.
“In essence,” he added, “we had a small number of people doing a herculean task of processing more than 10,000 retroactive pay actions. This was an extraordinary event that normally isn’t done under these circumstances.”
Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer said few base employees did not receive back pay Oct. 25. He did not have an exact number.
The employees had the options of an additional paycheck or receiving back pay Nov. 8, the next scheduled pay date, he said.
Wright-Patterson had 8,700 employees on emergency furlough between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7 because of the partial federal government shutdown.