Air traf­fic con­trollers sue Trump over pay

Tulsa World - - Datelines - By Michael Laris and Ash­ley Halsey III The Wash­ing­ton Post filed in the of­fi­cial said, not

WASH­ING­TON — The Na­tional Air Traf­fic Con­trollers As­so­ci­a­tion filed a law­suit Fri­day against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and other top fed­eral of­fi­cials, say­ing they are de­priv­ing con­trollers of their “hard­earned com­pen­sa­tion with­out the req­ui­site due process.”

Con­trollers across the coun­try started see­ing pay stubs Thurs­day show­ing that they are re­ceiv­ing no pay for their work guid­ing planes to air­ports na­tion­wide.

The le­gal chal­lenge, U.S. District Court for the District of Co­lum­bia, seeks a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der against the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing con­trollers' con­sti­tu­tional rights un­der the Fifth Amend­ment.

The air traf­fic con­trollers are also or­ga­niz­ing a leaflet­ing ef­fort ap­peal­ing di­rectly to pas­sen­gers at air­ports across the coun­try, in­clud­ing in Dal­las At­lanta, Seat­tle and Port­land, Ore­gon, as well as at Wash­ing­ton Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Vir­ginia, a union of­fi­cial said. The in­tent of the leaflet­ing is to un­der­score the im­por­tance of their work and end the shut­down more quickly, the to protest.

The con­trollers are among hun­dreds of thou­sands of fed­eral work­ers forced to work for free dur­ing the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down. More than 24,000 Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion em­ploy­ees are work­ing with­out pay be­cause their po­si­tions are con­sid­ered vi­tal for “life and safety.” Sep­a­rately, more than 17,000 other FAA work­ers have been fur­loughed.

A sim­i­lar suit was filed on be­half of fed­eral work­ers at the de­part­ments of Jus­tice, Agri­cul­ture and Home­land Se­cu­rity.

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