Monday, 18 March, 2019

Miami airport to close terminal as gov shutdown continues

TSA Workers Are Now Quitting Because of the Government Shutdown Union SaysMore TSA Workers Are Now Quitting Because of the Government Shutdown Union SaysMore
Laurie Berry | 12 January, 2019, 18:05

If the shutdown continues until Saturday, it will mark the longest in American history. Add Government Shutdown as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Government Shutdown news, video, and analysis from ABC News. According to NATCA, it represents almost 20,000 air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. With the shutdown reaching its 21st day Friday, "we think those standards are under duress", Willis said.

Chin says Terminal G will close at 1 p.m. Saturday, reopen for flights Sunday morning and close again at 1 p.m. that day.

Local union representatives believe "someday" they'll get paid, yet they do not know how long it may take.

Those deemed non-essential have been placed on unpaid leave, while others have been forced to continue working without pay.

"The economic impact of these shutdowns is simply frightful for our community". On Thursday, the agency saw a 55 percent increase in employees calling in sick, from 3.3 percent a year ago to 5.1 percent, spokesman Michael Bilello said in an email. Transportation Security Administration workers who would normally screen that terminal will be moved to busier checkpoints.

Agency officials are concerned Friday's payroll deadline - when screeners will miss their first paychecks - could be a "tipping point". Airline-industry officials worry that they are particularly likely to stop showing up because their relatively low pay means they could quickly struggle to pay bills without money coming in. While MIA does not anticipate any significant impacts to flight schedules or the passenger experience from any gate changes, they are providing some tips to make traveling through MIA easier.

China-US trade talks have laid foundation for a deal, ministry says
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross predicted that Beijing and Washington could reach a trade deal that "we can live with". Both parties agreed to continue to maintain close contact, the ministry said in a brief statement on its website.

While the shutdown lingers on, TSA agents like Garcia said they are receiving support from other airport staffers and passengers.

TSA acknowledges that more screeners are calling in sick at some airports, including Dallas-Fort Worth International.

Flights that would otherwise depart from Terminal G in the afternoons will use gates in other parts of the airport.

The lawsuit filed by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association union charges that Trump, the Federal Aviation Administration and other USA officials are violating workers' constitutional rights by "depriving them of their hard-earned compensation without the requisite due process".

"The shutdown needlessly risks the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace system", Joe DePete, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, said in a show of industry solidarity toward the federal workers hit by the funding fight. There is no indication that is happening yet.

More than 24,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees are working without pay because their positions are considered vital for "life and safety". They oversee and certify inspections done by employees of airlines and aircraft-repair shops.

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