Cana­dian air traf­fic con­trollers buy pizza for U.S. col­leagues

The Province - - WORLD NEWS -

MON­TREAL — Cana­dian air traf­fic con­trollers have bought hun­dreds of piz­zas for their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts over the past few days in what has be­come an in­dus­try-wide show of sup­port dur­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s par­tial shut­down.

Peter Duf­fey, the head of the Cana­dian Air Traf­fic Con­trol As­so­ci­a­tion, said the ini­tia­tive be­gan Thurs­day when em­ploy­ees at Ed­mon­ton’s con­trol cen­tre took up a col­lec­tion to buy pies for con­trollers in An­chor­age, Alaska.

Other fa­cil­i­ties across Canada de­cided to join in, and the idea snow­balled.

“The next thing we knew, our mem­bers were buy­ing piz­zas left, right and cen­tre for the col­leagues in the U.S,” Duf­fey said Sun­day in a phone in­ter­view.

“As it stands right now, I be­lieve we’re up to 36 fa­cil­i­ties that have re­ceived pizza from Canada, and that num­ber is grow­ing by the hour.”

Duf­fey es­ti­mates that as of Sun­day af­ter­noon, some 300 piz­zas had been re­ceived by Amer­i­can con­trollers, many of whom took to social me­dia to ex­press their grat­i­tude.

Duf­fey said many union mem­bers had been look­ing for a way to show sol­i­dar­ity with their Amer­i­can col­leagues, who have been work­ing with­out pay due to the par­tial shut­down.


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