800,000 federal employees have gone nearly three weeks without a paycheck due to the government shutdown. Leading many crucial workers to quit.
Most notably are those who keep our airports secure working for the Transportation Security Administration. TSA employees are some of the lowest paid federal workers, many voicing that they work paycheck to paycheck.
“Every day I’m getting calls from my members about their extreme financial hardship and need for a paycheck,” the union’s TSA Council president, Hydrick Thomas said via statement. “Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of the shutdown.”
While there currently is no clear number of how many workers have stopped working, it’s likely the number is large given that 44,000 are represented by The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).
The union had already forewarned that a prolonged shutdown and the resulting loss of workers could “create a massive security risk” for travelers using U.S. airports.
Most distressing about this situation is that there doesn’t seem to be any sign of the government reopening any time soon as Democrats still refuse to make any sort of compromise on Trump’s border wall.
AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. released a statement on the issue noting, “It is completely unacceptable that the women and men who risk their lives safeguarding our airports are still required to report for work without knowing when they’ll be paid again.” He continued, “Working for weeks on end without being compensated — while already being short-staffed — only makes their situation worse.”