The partial government shutdown is now hitting home for at least 2,000 Transportation Security Administration workers here in Georgia.
They will not be receiving pay checks because of the impasse in Washington.
Shekina Givens is one of those workers. She is also the president of Local 554 -- a union that represents about 1,800 TSA workers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
She tells WSB Radio that the morale is not great with her colleagues. “Right now, they’re very sad,” Givens explains. “I think that sadness has now become anger.”
Givens adds, “Anger that they provide a service to the American people and when they signed up they signed up to do this job, [they signed up] on the contingency that they would come to work every day to protect and serve the traveling public and in return the government would give them a check to take care of their families.
“And that’s not happening now.”
When asked how not receiving a pay check will affect her personally, Givens says, “As of right now, I’m ok. I am a single person. I am the only provider in my home. But where I will be the following week, or a month or as the President said this could go on for months even years, I don’t know where I will be.
“I don’t know what my conditions will be. And that’s not ok for me at all.”
Now despite the low morale and the uncertainty that comes with not knowing when your next paycheck will come, Givens says there are no plans for any organized work stoppage. “We aren’t allowed to strike -- I don’t know if you remember the Air Traffic Controllers under Regan,” she explains, citing the strike by workers in the 80’s which resulted in those who left their jobs being fired by then President Ronald Regan.
Givens concludes, “When the government opens back up, we want to be able to get our money and continue to work and do the job that we signed up to do.”