Furloughed Anchorage air traffic controller wary of shutdown deal
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, including Alaska region vice president Clinten Lancaster, has been calling for an agreement to keep federal employees working and paid.
"Hopefully it's for a long term so we can get back to a sense of normalcy and get our system running 100 percent again," Lancaster said.
Controller Brandon Berg, who was shocked by a $2.61 paycheck he received last month, remains on edge after working without pay during the previous shutdown.
"It was very stressful for me because I had lots of bills," Berg said. "I definitely have bills. If I had a nickname it would be Brandon "Has Bills' Berg."
Berg says he is more prepared this time around for another potential shutdown.
"I don't usually go to Costco but I finally went to Costco and loaded up this time. I think I'll have enough food to get by for a good month without having to buy any food," he said.
With two children at home, Berg says he is also tightening his budget.
"Not going out, not eating out ever, not driving extra places," he said.
Berg says he has received back pay for the time he wasn't paid, but has not received all of his pay for working overtime and some holidays.
President Trump's signature on the proposed compromise will be needed ahead of the next shutdown deadline Friday, or hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed again.
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