Airport Workers Concerned About Homeland Security Funding

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(WLNS) – Alice Criner says TSA jobs are stressful enough, without having to worry about getting paid.

“They’re hurting the morale with TSA, it’s really low because they’ve done this to us twice, we should be thinking mostly about keeping the skies safe and if we’re distracted that’s not helping our high stressed job.”

Criner represents the American Federation of Government Employees Union and says roughly 50 people at Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport are worried as Congress decides on homeland security funding.

“Our average pay is less than $400 a week here, so missing even one paycheck can effect whether we pay our rent or buy groceries.”

The union rep says the uncertainty of not knowing if there will be delays in their paychecks is affecting everyone, but operations will remain the same.

“We are going to do everything that we can at Lansing Airport to make sure it’s a safe and secure environment for passengers,” said Nicole Noll-Williams, director of marketing, Capital Region International Airport.

The bottom line is simple, services will continue, but until a funding deal is signed, Criner says workers will continue to worry.

“We’ll be here, we’re going to come and do our job, we’re just hoping we get paid.”

Sooner, rather than later.

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