Casa Grande ruins national monument.
National Parks Service employee with a visitor at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.
CASA GRANDE, AZ - Furloughed federal workers at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument are back to work, after lawmakers' late night deal to end the government shutdown.
Twelve employees were furloughed for 16 days, starting October 1st.
Diana Mills has worked at the monument for 12 years.
"It's more than just a paycheck," said Mills. "This is home. This is where we work, this is where we live for eight to nine hours a day."
All employees will receive back pay.
One silver lining to the shutdown, the deal passed in Congress Wednesday night included a one percent cost-of-living increase for federal workers. It's set to kick in January 2014.