Employees of the Transportation Security Administration have expressed disdain for the government shutdown in the form of a protest outside the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
On Thursday afternoon, a group of TSA workers waved placards and walked around the world's busiest airport, demanding the reopening of the government. When someone from the center shouted "What do we want?", Others said "public funding," according to a video posted on Twitter by WAGA-TV reporter Will Nunley.
When a protester shouted, "When do we want it?", The chorus of employees replied, "Now". Others chanted "Hey, hey, ho, ho, the lockout must go away."
TSA employees held up placards touting messages about how others might help, the impact of the partial closure on their family and the simple fact that they had to be paid.
Almost three weeks after the last paycheck, no solution in sight, some employees of the TSA have resigned and others said they were seriously considering leaving the federal labor market.
"The loss of officers, while we are already in short supply, will create a huge security risk for US travelers because we do not have enough trainees in training or the ability to handle new employees." , states the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Hydrick Thomas, Chair of the TSA Board m said.
A Transportation Security Administration officer working on the American Airlines-funded automated control lanes installed by the Transportation Security Administration at the Miami International Airport on October 24, 2017 in Miami. On Thursday, TSA employees demonstrated against the government's closure near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Joe Raedle / Getty Images
On December 31, AFGE filed a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that it was illegal to require federal employees to work without pay during a shutdown. David Cox, National President of AFGE, said that having his employees work without pay was "nothing short of inhuman."
"The federal government should be a model employer for this country, but for now, it fails," said Thomas. "Our work is too important and the risks too great, and any consequences that would result would leave our elected officials entirely responsible."
Among the problems envisioned by Thomas, if the government did not reopen soon, there was an increase in waiting times for travelers. As the shutdown entered its third week, TSA deputy administrator Michael Bilello tweeted that "safety standards remained the same" and that the vast majority of passengers had waited less than 30 minutes for security checks.
Meanwhile, Atlanta Airport offered free parking to TSA employees who were forced to work during the closure, according to the report. Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Although the closure began on December 22, TSA employees still received paychecks on December 28. But if the government does not reopen immediately, TSA employees will not receive paychecks scheduled for January 11th.