Airport workers unsure when next paycheck will be

Thursday, January 3, 2019
News 12 at 6/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Airport workers in Augusta and across the country keep working as the partial government shutdown continues.

The first paycheck workers could miss is on January 15th.

The two groups impacted here are the FAA, who has personnel inside that air traffic control tower, and TSA.

Walking into the Augusta Regional Airport to get on a plane would not be possible without these two groups.

"The TSA employees are responsible for security screening which is obviously an essential task and the FAA employees, they are our air traffic controllers and they also maintain some very sophisticated equipment," said Herbert Judon, the executive director of Augusta Regional Airport.

Right now, 80 TSA and FAA employees at Augusta Regional have no idea when they'll get their next paycheck.

"They are not getting paid but they are considered essential employees so they have to come to work and continue to provide their normal services," said Judon.

They're considered essential for safety.

"Because these jobs are critical for safety and security they are deemed essential," said Judon.

The FAA says they have internal processes to address those who do not report without leave but so far Executive Director Herbert Judon says it looks like everyone's coming to work, regardless of not knowing when they'll get paid again.

Which is why traveling in and out of Augusta is still possible.

“Despite what they're dealing with personally they are very committed, they are troopers through this situation, so they come to work every day and give their all, give their best so I applaud them for that," said Judon.

Employees could lose their jobs if they don't show up. A couple of people told News 12 that it's the second paycheck in February where they would really feel the effects.