The TSA's Local 1121 union is being joined by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today at 1 p.m. at the southern entrance. About 800 TSA workers at SeaTac have been forced to work without pay during the shutdown. They're demonstrating today to urge the powers that be *cough* Mitch McConnell *cough* to end this shit already.
Despite what happens, Grant Schott with AFGE, doesn't think that the TSA will strike.
"You know you hear some voices calling for that in other groups, you hear some of those rumblings," Schott said. "We do not encourage [striking]. People remember the air traffic controller strike in 1981—Ronald Reagan fired everyone who striked. We can only assume that Donald Trump would do the same."
This shutdown is hard for TSA agents in particular—they're the lowest paid in the federal workforce. Their jobs, however, are integral.
"Safety should be the number one priority," Schott said. "But there's always pressure to move people quicker, wait times seemed more important than checking every bag and passenger thoroughly. When [TSA] is short-staffed it makes conditions more dangerous."
The rally today goes from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The government shutdown goes until Donald Trump stops acting like a petulant child.