- Air-traffic controllers, along with many other federal employees in the US, have been working unpaid during the government shutdown, which began on December 22.
- On Thursday, several air-traffic controllers who missed their first paycheck posted photos of their $US0 pay stubs on Twitter.
- Aviation-industry workers, along with some political leaders, are rallying in Washington, DC, on Thursday to demand an end to the shutdown.
As the US government shutdown continues into its third week, federal employees who have been working unpaid are missing their first paychecks.
On Thursday, many air-traffic controllers around the US received pay stubs showing $US0 in income. Some have even posted photos of them on Twitter.
It should be noted that the employees working unpaid are due to receive back pay once the government reopens. Those who were furloughed, or temporarily laid off, might not be so lucky and may not get paid.
The National Association of Air Traffic Controllers, a union that represents roughly 20,000 controllers around the US, said the shutdown was creating additional strain on people who already carry a heavy burden.
“Even though air traffic controllers and traffic management coordinators remain on the job, dedicated to the safety of every flight, they don’t know when they will receive their next paycheck and that adds more stress to an already stressful profession,”NATCA said last week in a letter to congressional leaders.
According to the union, there are fewer fully trained controllers now than at any point in the past 30 years.
The Air Line Pilots Association International, as well as two major unions representing flight attendants, have also sent letters to President Donald Trump and congressional leadership, echoing NATCA’s concerns.
“Flight Attendants across the industry ask you to end the shutdown now,” the flight-attendants’ unions said in their letter. “This is a matter of safety, security, and economic concern.”
They added: “We are in awe of the transportation security officers, air traffic controllers, and other workers deemed as essential employees for their patriotism in coming to work without the certainty of a paycheck or any resolution to this shutdown.”
Aviation-industry workers, along with some political leaders, are rallying in Washington, DC, on Thursday to demand an end to the government shutdown, which began on December 22.
Got my first $0 pay stub today.
Anybody need the services of a 29 year veteran Air Traffic controller with a background in legislative affairs?
Willing to travel.
— Raymond Adams (@EWRPresident) January 10, 2019
Just finished meeting with Megan – an air traffic controller from Wisconsin – to talk about the impacts of the government shutdown.
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) January 10, 2019
— Catherine Lovetro (@CatLovetro) January 10, 2019
If you wonder how the shut down is really affecting folks… my brother’s pay stub as an Air Traffic Controller… be better America pic.twitter.com/6XhZ5ROqvx
— cat heifner (@catheifner) January 10, 2019
Here is my paycheck. I’m an air traffic controller, working without pay. Even better, I have a bad cold and stayed home because of safety reasons and was informed I was furloughed. pic.twitter.com/HvuDK9SmsU
— Dave Bricker CognitiveCaveat ???????? ???????? (@CognitiveCaveat) January 10, 2019
I'm an air traffic controller and I came to work every day for the last two weeks. This was my paycheck. It would have been zero, expect for the fact that they underpaid me the paycheck before and had to make it up. pic.twitter.com/Du8UgIwUfE
— Chris Killian (@chrisnatca) January 10, 2019