As hundreds of thousands of workers, including over 10,000 IFPTE members, are affected by the government shutdown, many in the IFPTE family stepped up in solidarity.
SPEEA, Local 2001 provided grocery store gift cards to members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), including 40 gift cards delivered to the Wichita-area NATCA members.
“We are looking to places where we can support our neighbors and fellow union members, and intend to also look for ways to support IFPTE-furloughed members as well,” said SPEEA Treasurer Jimmie Mathis.
The IFPTE website provides tools for federal workers who are not receiving pay to get help with unemployment insurance and other financial assistance. See www.ifpte.org for more details.
In addition, IFPTE officers and staff continue to demand an end to the shutdown through outreach to members of Congress. They’ve also attended and marched at numerous rallies.
SPEEA members and staff also joined federal workers, state labor leaders and union members at SeaTac airport and nearby Angle Lake Park to push for an end to the federal shutdown. The rallies were in direct support of airport workers, such as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers, and federal prison workers.