The National Air Traffic Controllers Association filed a lawsuit Friday seeking a temporary restraining order against the federal government for allegedly violating the Fifth Amendment by depriving controllers of "hard-earned compensation without the requisite due process".
"You go to work expecting to get paid", said TSA officer Mike Gayzagian.
As the government shutdown approaches the milestone of becoming the longest in history, Transportation Security Agency employees are feeling the strain ー and soon, so will travelers, Joe Shuker, a TSA union representative, told Cheddar.
"Airlines can not receive delivery of aircraft causing route cancellations, attrition of air traffic controllers reduces flow of aircraft in the air, and as transportation security officers reduce in numbers we will experience long, slowed security lines".
Fuming employees posted pictures of the $0 pay stubs on Twitter and vented their frustration as the standoff entered its 21st day.
As the government shutdown continues to stretch on, Pittsburgh International Airport has chose to provide an act of kindness to the TSA agents working without pay right now. A almost equal number of federal workers are not deemed "essential" and have been placed on temporary leave, and their absence is affecting some functions ranging from FAA inspections of aircraft to CBP interviews with applicants for Global Entry status.
Across the country, protesters rallied for the 420,000 employees who are working without pay - and the 380,000 who are simply out of work.
An additional 380,000 are staying home without pay.
On Wednesday, the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by a dispute over funding that President Donald Trump wants for a border wall, he stormed out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders, complaining the meeting was "a total waste of time".
The head of the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting Trump, warned employees that financial stress can lead to depression and anxiety. "'Tex" Alles wrote in a memo seen by Reuters.
"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 in a statement.
Separately, Senator Rob Portman and eight other Republican senators introduced legislation that would permanently outlaw the closing of government operations during budget fights, underscoring the growing frustration in Washington. But the Mexican government has refused and Trump is now demanding that Congress provide $5.7 billion in US taxpayer funding for the wall.