Hundreds of TSA officers are calling in sick after working without pay for 2 weeks – ThinkProgress

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Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) officers are among the many a whole bunch of hundreds of federal employees who’re required to work with out pay throughout this partial authorities shutdown.

However because the shutdown enters its 14th day, the employees are beginning to take a stand — by calling in sick.

Based on CNN, the numbers are beginning to develop: As many as 170 TSA staff at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York known as in every day this previous week; at Dallas-Fort Price Worldwide Airport, call-ins have elevated by 200 to 300 %; at North Carolina airports, they’ve elevated by 10 %.

“It will undoubtedly have an effect on the flying public who we (are) sworn to guard,” Hydrick Thomas, president of the nationwide TSA worker union, advised CNN.

Union officers confused that this isn’t a mass organized motion, however fairly a set of particular person responses to the monetary inconvenience of working with out pay checks. Some employees, sure, are calling in sick in protest.

Nonetheless, others are doing it for extra sensible causes: Though it’s doubtless they are going to obtain again pay as soon as the federal government formally re-opens, many TSA staff stay paycheck-to-paycheck, and are calling in sick as a result of they’ll’t afford baby care proper now, or as a result of they should decide up different jobs to assist make ends meet till their TSA paychecks resume.

The state of affairs is predicted to worsen because the pay-less days proceed.

“This drawback of call-outs is de facto going to blow up over the subsequent week or two when staff miss their first paycheck,” a union official at DFW advised CNN. “TSA officers are telling the union they are going to discover one other method to earn money. Which means calling out to work different jobs.”

Sadly, there appears to be no finish to the federal government shutdown in sight.

On Friday, President Donald Trump mentioned that the shutdown may final for “months and even years.” He additionally advised reporters on the Rose Backyard that he had the help of many federal employees to proceed the shutdown till he acquired the funding for the wall.
“I’ll do no matter now we have to do,” he mentioned. “If now we have to remain out for a really lengthy time frame, we’re going to do this. Lots of these [federal workers], most of these folks, that basically haven’t been and won’t be getting their cash in at this second, these folks in lots of circumstances are the most important fan of what we’re doing.”
After all, statistics really say that 71 % of federal employees oppose the shutdown. And that survey was performed in December, earlier than any paychecks have been missed.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to fulfill with congressional management on Saturday morning to debate a attainable path ahead. However Trump’s tweets don’t point out he is able to make a deal.

“Nice help coming from all sides for Border Safety (together with Wall) on our very harmful Southern Border,” POTUS tweeted.

“Groups negotiating this weekend! Washington Submit and NBC reporting of occasions, together with Pretend sources, has been very inaccurate (to place it mildly)!”

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