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US air traffic controllers file suit against government

Staff Writer | January 12, 2019
The National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (Natca) sued the US administration yesterday because its members work without receiving a salary during the partial closure of the US government.
America   The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, on the same day that some 800,000 federal employees were unable to receive their two-week paychecks due to the 25 percent freeze on federal agencies and departments that began on December 22.

Through the lawsuit, the union alleges that the executive violates the Fifth Amendment because it illegally deprived Natca members of their earned wages without due process, according to a press release.

It also notes violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), for not paying at least the minimum wage to air traffic controllers and other members of the association who should have continued their functions during the partial closure.

Finally, it is stated that the Federal Aviation Administration did not promptly pay the overtime to the members of Natca in violation of the FLSA, and the union requests an order for the government to compensate its employees for the work done, and for damages and detriments.

Air traffic controllers, traffic management coordinators and other professionals are still working, dedicated to the safety of each flight, but do not know when they will receive their next paycheck, the statement said.