The union that represents the nation’s air traffic controllers filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his administration on Friday hoping to force the government to pay more than 15,000 people tasked with the high-stress job of directing air traffic and have been working without wages now for three weeks.
The lawsuit, filed by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., comes as the shutdown takes its toll on airport workers including Transportation Security Administration agents who, unlike some furloughed government employees, are mandated by law to continue working through the government shutdown.
A number of security screeners have quit their jobs, while the number of those calling in sick has jumped, leading airports around the country to brace for a lack of agents to screen passengers by shutting down checkpoints and warning flyers to arrive early and expect delays.
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