The previous record for a government shutdown was 21 days under former president Bill Clinton. The NATCA has been very active in advocating on their behalf during the shutdown, sending letters to elected officials and organizing rallies before this latest move.
The Transportation Security Administration is offering a bit of compensation for its agents working without pay as the longest government shutdown in American history drag on. Why does this matter? "Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown". As such many staff are having to make hard decisions about how to spend their time. United Airlines and some smaller worldwide airlines use Concourse G. The reason for the closure is a shortage of security screeners.
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Rather than having less staff on each terminal, the airport has taken the decision to close one terminal completely and redistribute staff.
That same concourse will shut down around the same time Sunday and Monday.
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The Airport Authority has joined with Bruegger's Bagels to provide bagged lunches that include a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink on all shifts for workers including TSA agents and FAA air traffic controllers who are essential to airport safety and security and to keeping operations running smoothly 24/7 at Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airport (AGC) in West Mifflin.
Friday marks the first day screeners will miss a paycheck, and airport spokesman Greg Chin says there's a concern there won't be enough workers to handle all 11 checkpoints during normal hours over the weekend. "We do not expect any operational impact as we have arranged to fully utilize alternate gates for flights originally scheduled out of Terminal G", said Rachel Rivas, a United spokeswoman.
The FAA and the U.S. Department of Justice, which defends the federal government in court, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
"It is completely unacceptable that the women and men who risk their lives safeguarding our airports are still required to report for work without knowing when they'll be paid again", AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.
The effects of the government shutdown are starting to be felt across the aviation industry. This is a choice that many workers have had to face, especially those who have a longer commute. In fact, Simple Flying has learnt that some employees have been forced to quit as a result of the shutdown. But it could get worse, according to TSA workers, some of the thousands in Hawaii directly affected by the government shutdown.