Pizzas Across The Border For Controllers

Pizzas Across The Border For Controllers

Pizzas Across The Border For Controllers

"There's a bond there, automatically", he said in a phone interview.

The air traffic controller was placing an order for pies to be sent to colleagues working at Anchorage's Ted Stevens global airport, a cheesy show of support for the American air traffic controllers are contending with a government partial shutdown.

Doug Church, deputy director of public affairs for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in the USA told CBC there are 14,000 controllers now working without pay.

"It's just a really good shot in the arm of positive energy and positive emotion to know that, 'Hey they've got our back, '" Church told CBC.

It all began with controllers in Edmonton sending pizzas across the border to colleagues in Alaska, and the idea has gained traction ever since with over 35 different air traffic control units in the USA reportedly receiving the cheesy but delicious gifts from their Canadian colleagues.

Ron Singer, media relations manager for Nav Canada, the corporation that employs Canadian controllers, said all seven of Canada's control centers and numerous country's 40 airport control towers have sent pizza to their American colleagues.

He said Canadians would continue to support their American counterparts and join their calls for the shutdown to end as soon as possible.

Some 10,000 air traffic controllers in the USA have been working without pay due to the partial government shutdown, which began on December 22. "I couldn't be more proud of what my members are doing", said Peter Duffey, president of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA).

In fact, on Friday, NATCA announced it is suing the federal government for its members working without pay thanks to Trump's shutdown over funding for his border wall. They say you have to be 100% right, 100% of the time.

Ron Singer, the national media manager for Nav Canada, which manages the country's civil air navigation, said Canadian and American air traffic controllers interact "on a daily basis" as they manage North American airspace. Some, like air traffic controllers, already face extreme stress at work, but help is on hand.

"They were doing the job the same as they did every day of the year, 24 hours a day and somebody should actually notice what they were doing".

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