Air traffic controllers go to court over govt shutdown

Politics 1/11/2019, 7:44 PM
Air traffic controllers go to court over govt shutdown

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association AFL-CIO filed a complaint against the government on Friday with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for failing to pay wages. The union, representing 19,000 workers at the Federal Aviation Administration, demanded an expedited hearing and a temporary restraining order for an alleged violation of the Fifth Amendment in the government shutdown. NATCA argues air traffic controllers and its other members are excepted from furloughs.

The administration of President Donald Trump also failed to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and pay at least the minimum wage, according to the statement. The organization cited missed deadlines for overtime work and said it seeks liquidated damages.

The shutdown started on December 22 and matched the previous record today.

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