Union president concerned for unpaid TSA workers

Union president concerned for unpaid TSA workers

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Workers with the Transportation Security Administration won’t get a paycheck tomorrow and a local union president says he’s concerned.

As essential federal government employees, most TSA workers, like the ones on the job at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport, remain on the job.

But they won’t get paid.

American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1945, represents the TSA workers at Shuttlesworth International.

The president of the local, Charles Barclay, says he’s worried they may miss details on the job since they’re worried about rent, mortgage payments, grocery bills, and car payments.

“I have a flight coming up in the next week, and I’m afraid, at this moment, to get on a plane, because of this stress those people are going through,” Barclay said. “We don’t know how they may feel.”

Barclay says his union plans to file suit to get back pay for the government employees he represents.

He also plans to write letters to Congressman Mike Rogers and Senators Richard Shelby and Doug Jones asking them to do what they can to end the government shutdown.

Local 1945 also represents federal workers at the Talladega Federal Correctional Institute and the Anniston Army Depot.

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