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US Air Traffic Controllers File Suit Against Government

13 Janvier 2019

Air traffic controllers, deemed "essential" in the shutdown, missed their first paycheck Thursday, receiving a pay stub for $0.00, as reported by Politico.

A similar suit was filed on behalf of federal workers at the departments of Justice, Agriculture and Homeland Security.

To summarize, the American aviation business is already heavily affected by the partial government shutdown.

The Transportation Security Administration plans to begin closing a handful of security checkpoints at airports around the soon as this weekend in response to staff shortages as impacts of the three-week partial federal government shutdown begin to expand.

A TSA union official told CNN some employees have found that showing up for work was actually hurting them financially, when factoring in costs such as child care and commuting.

Now, union representatives want lawmakers to do the same thing.

"The loss of officers, while we're already shorthanded, will create a massive security risk for American travelers since we don't have enough trainees in the pipeline or the ability to process new hires", Thomas said. With the shutdown reaching its 21st day Friday, "we think those standards are under duress", Willis said.

"Despite the shutdown, TSA security officers continue to do a great job of effectively and efficiently screening passengers and bags", said Christopher Bidwell, senior vice president of security for Airports Council International-North America, an association that represents the owners and operators of airports.

Beyond stalling development and certifications throughout the industry, the shutdown is affecting travel. Ninety percent of the workforce at the Federal Transit Administration is on furlough.

President Donald Trump continues to demand Congress sign off on $5 billion for a wall on the southern border as part of the legislative package needed to fund parts of the government for another year.

Other federal workers involved with key airport security and operations whio are going without pay include air traffic controllers and airplane safety inspectors. Air traffic controllers, traffic management coordinators and other professionals are still working, dedicated to the safety of each flight, but do not know when they will receive their next paycheck, the statement said. The TSA said the effect was "minimal". TSA agents are on the lower end of the federal pay scale, earning between $36,000 and $43,000 annually.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport organized an event with credit unions, utilities and nonprofit organizations that can help federal employees obtain short-term loans and assistance, said spokesman Perry Cooper.

Passengers at Philadelphia International Airport waited no more than 17 minutes at last check on Wednesday.

US Air Traffic Controllers File Suit Against Government