Cana­dian air traf­fic con­trollers buy pizza for U.S. col­leagues hit by shut­down

Journal Pioneer - - CANADA -

Cana­dian air traf­fic con­trollers are buy­ing piz­zas for their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts as a show of sup­port dur­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s par­tial shut­down. Nav Canada’s na­tional me­dia man­ager Ron Singer says the ini­tia­tive be­gan when em­ploy­ees at Ed­mon­ton’s con­trol cen­tre took up a col­lec­tion to buy pies for con­trollers in Salt Lake City, Utah, and An­chor­age, Alaska.

All seven of Canada’s con­trol cen­tres and many tow­ers have since joined in and or­dered piz­zas for their U.S. coun­ter­parts work­ing along the bor­der, many of whom have taken to social me­dia to ex­press their grat­i­tude. Singer says there’s a bond be­tween Cana­dian and Amer­i­can air traf­fic con­trollers since the two work closely to­gether to man­age cross-bor­der airspace. Some 10,000 air traf­fic con­trollers in the United States have been work­ing with­out pay since late De­cem­ber due to the on­go­ing gov­ern­ment shut­down. Their union filed a law­suit in fed­eral court in Wash­ing­ton on Fri­day, ask­ing for an or­der com­pelling the gov­ern­ment to pay them what they’re owed.

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