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Canada air traffic controllers buy USA counterparts pizza as shutdown continues

Canada air traffic controllers buy USA counterparts pizza as shutdown continues

"There's a bond there, automatically", he said.

"It all started in an area control center in Edmonton [Alberta] where a few CATCA members were talking about the inevitable impact that the government shutdown must be having on their United States counterparts", Tania Calverley, communications director for the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, tells PEOPLE.

The Finnish Air Traffic Controllers Association (SLJY) said on Monday that its members will walk off the job every Tuesday and Saturday between 2am and 8am beginning on 29 January.

But that act of comfort food solidarity has since snowballed across the country, with operators across the country delivering slices across the border as a show of support for their American colleagues.

Members of the ATC staff at Portland International Jetway in ME also posted a message on their shared Facebook page, thanking their neighbors to the north for sending pizza and demonstrating that there are "people out there who actually care and want to help in a time of need!"

And as word got out, many other facilities across Canada chose to join in on the act of solidarity. They decided, 'who doesn't like pizza? He says at least 49 American units have now been treated to pizza by their Canadian colleagues.

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As of midday Monday, Duffey said over 400 pizzas have been sent to 52 different air traffic control facilities in the US - "and that number just keeps growing".

The government shutdown began on December 22, over a stalemate instigated by President Donald Trump for his proposed border wall between the us and Mexico, a tent pole of his presidential campaign.

CLEVELAND- As the government shutdown heads into its 24th day, air traffic controllers are pleading for both sides in the battle to come to an agreement. Gentry says they are not being paid, most hiring and training has been put on hold and modernization projects are being delayed.

On Friday, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association filed a lawsuit in a District of Columbia US District Court alleging the government has "unlawfully deprived NATCA members of their earned wages", according to a news release.

Their employer, ANS Finland, has said in the past that it will schedule supervisors to maintain air traffic control during walkouts. "I think that says a lot about how important it is to do small kind things and be supportive of each other".