RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) –
Maya Lewis, an international traveler whose safety depends on the work of air traffic controllers, did not say a word when asked if she was aware of the problem.
"The people who work here are not paid.I think it's ridiculous.I think ordinary people should not be trapped in petty politics," said Lewis.
ABC11 spoke earlier with Nick Stott, the local president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, about the effects of stopping and the absence of a paycheck.
"We have very difficult conversations with our family, our spouses and our loved ones," said Stott. "And the questions are, how are we going to pay our mortgages this month? How are we going to pay our child care bills? How are we going to pay our utilities?"
Manuel Alvarado, a man whom ABC11 met after driving a family member to the airport, supports these essential workers. "They all have to be paid, you work, you have to be paid, that's how my family has always been," he said.
Stott wants the people watching the closure to know that, while the air traffic controllers are hoping for a back pay cut at the end of the closure, the support staff waiting for RDU and other airports does not have this option.
"People who are not allowed to come to work because they are considered non-essential (…) do not know if they will be paid," said Stott. "The stress level for them needs to be even higher." "Will they be able to pay their bills?"
For the moment, President Trump insists that there will be no agreement if the Congress does not approve the multibillion dollar request to secure the Mexican border with a physical barrier.
"I know Trump is trying to get money for the wall, but I think he sees no results, I think he should reopen it," Alvarado said. .
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