Air traffic controllers’ union sues over unpaid work during U.S. government shutdown


Federal air traffic controller union members protest the partial U.S. federal government shutdown in a rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

(Reuters) – A union that represents thousands of U.S. air traffic controllers filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Friday claiming its failure to pay the workers during an ongoing partial government shutdown could endanger the safety of passengers.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association said that depriving workers of pay violates their constitutional rights and a federal wage law in a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C.

“America wants its air traffic controllers to be laser-focused on landing planes safely and monitoring America’s runways, not distracted by financial issues and anxiety of financial instability,” the union said in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is at least the third filed by a union on behalf of federal employees who have not been paid during the shutdown, which began Dec. 22.

Reporting by Daniel Wiessner in Albany, New York, Editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and James Dalgleish

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

U.S. chipmakers may give clues on China hazard
U.S. appeals court will not delay net neutrality case
Nadal acalla a De Miñaur y se clasifica para octavos de final
Flights canceled as deadly snowstorm hits U.S. mid-Atlantic states
Consumer giants spurn risks to chase online subscribers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *