Winnipeg Air Traffic Controllers expressed solidarity with their colleagues from the United States, who are forced to work without a salary.
At the moment, about 10,000 air traffic controllers in the United States go to work without having a clue when they get paid. This happens because U.S. government prolonged partial shutdown for federal American employees. Since the work of air traffic controllers is considered indispensable, they must come to the workplace every day even in such a situation.
Peter Duffey, President of CATCA Local 5454, noted that air traffic controllers from Winnipeg could not stand aside in this difficult situation. They found the working addresses of their colleagues from Minneapolis and Grand Forks, then they found the pizzerias nearby and ordered about 50 pizzas to their southern friends.
Duffey noted that he had never been so proud of his subordinates. He said that the initiative did not come from the unions, but from the employees themselves. In total, more than 400 pizzas were delivered from Canada as part of the support for American federal employees.