Air traffic controllers haven’t been paid since the government shutdown began, and now their union is suing the federal government


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America’s 22,790 air-traffic controllers have gone unpaid since the government shutdown began on December 22.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association sued the federal government on January 11 for “unlawfully depriv(ing)” its union members of wages.
One air traffic controller said she was unable to attend her grandmother’s funeral during the shutdown as she hasn’t been paid for weeks.
Two other federal employee unions have sued the government since the shutdown commenced.

The union that represents America’s 22,790 air-traffic controllers is suing the federal government.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is alleging that “the government unlawfully deprived NATCA members of their earned wages without due process,” and thus violated the Fifth Amendment.

On January 11, according to the NATCA’s motion, air-traffic controllers and other NATCA members should have been compensated for the first pay period of 2019. But, as some air-traffic controllers posted on Twitter this week, their pay stubs reflected a take-home pay of no more than $0.

Read more: Air-traffic controllers working unpaid during the government shutdown are posting their $0 pay stubs on Twitter

Neither NATCA nor its legal counsel Molly Elkin, partner at Woodley & McGillivary LLP, immediately returned Business Insider’s request for a comment. The White House also did not respond.

The suit also argues that the federal government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act for not paying air-traffic controllers and other NATCA members at least minimum wage or overtime pay.

As Business Insider’s Benjamin Zhang reported yesterday, air-traffic controllers who are working unpaid are due to receive back pay once the shutdown ends. Furloughed workers might not receive any pay.

The shutdown has hurt air-traffic controllers in ways that won’t be addressable through back pay, the suit alleges. One NATCA member said she couldn’t afford travel to her grandmother’s funeral …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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