TSA employees working without pay during shutdown

TSA employees working without pay during shutdown

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While 800,000 federal employees are not reporting to work during the government shutdown, thousands of TSA employees are expected to come to work without pay.

They're the first line of defense on the ground and in the air at our nation's airports, but TSA workers are not getting paid during the federal government shutdown. Yet they continue to come to work with the same smile and dedication they had when they had a guaranteed paycheck.

The unpaid TSA workers include security officers, screeners and even the air marshals who protect passengers on planes.

The American Federation of Government Employees, the union that represents the workers, said it's unacceptable that they aren't being paid.

"A lot of them are disgusted with what's going on with Congress right now and they're worried about how they're going to pay their mortgage, how they're going to feed their children," said Valyria Lewis, an AFGE national representative and a former TSA worker.

Air travelers appreciate the dedication of TSA workers, and say they should be paid for their work – just like members of Congress continue to be.

"You see I think there's something fundamentally wrong that the people doing their jobs here keeping all Americans safe aren't going to get paid. Meanwhile, the people who've put us in this position are still going to get paid," Bruce Barringer said.

TSA workers will be paid for their time worked during the government shutdown once Congress passes a budget because they have been deemed "law enforcement necessary."

But in the meantime, no paychecks are coming in.

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