TSA Workers Plan Airport Rally

"Stop the Shutdown" Demonstration Planned for Friday

Joe DeStio
January 16, 2019 - 1:46 pm
 As the federal government partial shutdown is about to turn four weeks old, workers for the Transportation Security Administration will rally Friday at Pittsburgh International Airport.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – As the federal government partial shutdown is about to turn four weeks old, workers for the Transportation Security Administration will rally Friday at Pittsburgh International Airport. The rally, dubbed “Stop the Shutdown”, will include TSA workers, elected officials, and other supporters.

William Reese who heads Local 332 which represents the workers says, “The morale is real low because there’s no outlook of anytime soon this shutdown being over.”

TSA employees and other federal workers forced to stay on the job because they are deemed essential missed their first paychecks last week. “With the grim outlook for the shutdown with nobody coming to the table to discuss anything it really looks bad for us,” said Reese.

The TSA employs about 240 workers at Pittsburgh International. Reese also represents TSA employees at 13 regional airports in Pennsylvania.

TSA workers here have remained on the job, unlike some of their counterparts in larger airports around the country who have called in sick to protest the shutdown.

“Everybody is showing up and they will continue to show up until any means that they can use to get to the airport are totally depleted,” said Reese.

Friday’s rally is planned for 11 am until Noon on the ticketing level of the landside terminal at Pittsburgh International.

“All the businesses that have been helping us out are much appreciated”, said Reese. “We really, really love all the thank you’s when passengers come through. That’s much appreciated.”

Air traffic controllers who also are forced to remain on the job without pay are leafletting passengers and airport visitors in efforts to force an end to the shutdown.