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USAir traffic controllers' union sues over unpaid work during government shutdown

22:15  11 january  2019
22:15  11 january  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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pay stubs on Twitter. The National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA), a union that represents roughly 20,000 controllers around the US, says the shutdown is creating additional strain

Air traffic controllers' union sues over unpaid work during government shutdown© Reuters/JONATHAN ERNST Federal air traffic controller union members protest the partial U.S. federal government shutdown in a rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

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 passengers' safety.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association said that requiring 16,000 controllers to work without pay violates their constitutional rights and a federal wage law in a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C.

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The law prohibits public employees from striking, forcing them into what one union leader called “involuntary servitude” during the government shutdown .

"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.

NATCA also moved for a court order requiring the government to restore air traffic controllers' pay while the lawsuit is pending. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has funds to pay the workers despite the ongoing shutdown, the union said.

The FAA and the U.S. Department of Justice, which defends the federal government in court, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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. The other cases were brought by unions that represent tens of thousands of border patrol and immigration agents, guards at federal prisons, and other workers.

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Air traffic controllers , who are working through the government shutdown , won't be getting a paycheck for their last two weeks of work , their union confirmed Thursday morning. Pay stubs reading a net pay of zero dollars were distributed Thursday morning, including one for a controller at a major

During the last government shut down , Santore said air traffic controllers were only furloughed for a day but got paid for the other days worked . He said this is the first time they are being forced to go without a check at all. Santore said the controllers will get reimbursed for lost wages, but not until

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The shutdown was triggered by a standoff over funding for President Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Some 800,000 workers across the government have been furloughed during the shutdown, which will become the longest in U.S. history if it continues into Saturday. But personnel that are deemed "essential," including air traffic controllers and law enforcement agents, have been working without pay.

In the past, federal employees have been granted back-pay when the government reopened after a shutdown.

But courts have ordered the government to pay additional damages to workers in certain cases because they were not paid on time.

The case is NATCA v. USA, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, No. 1:19-cv-00062.

(Reporting by Daniel Wiessner in Albany, New York; editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and James Dalgleish)

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