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Furloughed and unpaid feds support BWI workers with picket line

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Posted at 8:39 AM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 08:39:41-05

LINTHICUM, Md. — Friday is day 35 of the partial government shutdown and 800,000 workers are about to miss another paycheck, including hundreds of federal employees at BWI airport

To help support those TSA workers, a group representing FAA furloughed or unpaid workers plan on protesting at BWI Friday morning in response to the shutdown. Right now, there are more than 600 federal employees at BWI airport who continue to work without pay.

The group known as the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists is organizing the event and they represent nearly 11,000 FAA employees who are either furloughed or working without pay. Organizers of the protest say they want to show people how the government shutdown is not only hurting federal workers, but also putting passengers at risk as well.

On Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan met with TSA agents at BWI, "This shutdown is impacting the security of our nation, it's impacting the economy of Maryland but, most importantly it's impacting the lives of tens of thousands of our Maryland citizens."

Friday's protest is expected to run from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Similar events have already taken place at airports in DC, Detroit, New York and other cities nationwide.