The union representing the United States’ air traffic controllers is suing the Trump administration over pay that has been frozen as part of the partial government shutdown. It is a sign of increasing tension between federal workers and the government as the impasse edges closer to becoming the longest ever.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic controllers are among the 420,000 federal employees who have been deemed essential and ordered to work without pay.
The suit, filed Friday in federal court by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, alleges the government “unlawfully deprived” thousands of its members of pay “without due process.”
NATCA represents some 19,000 FAA employees, which includes 14,000 air traffic controllers. They have already missed a paycheck, according to union spokesman Doug Church.
The shutdown began on Dec. 22 after President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress could not agree over funding for a wall along the U.S. southern border.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
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SOURCE: Leslie Josephs