May 11, 2021

Florida congressmen and workers call for end of administrative closure

Florida congressmen and workers call for end of administrative closure

A group of Democratic legislators from Florida, accompanied by workers and trade unionists, demanded that President Donald Trump reopen the Administration and stop the negative consequences that the partial closure produces on employees.

During a press conference offered from the Miami airport, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz described as "outrageous" that in the Senate the Democratic proposals of the Lower House have been blocked to reopen the Administration,

Wasserman lamented that the leader of the Republican majority in the upper house is "such a lackey" of President Donald Trump, whom "he does not want to put in an uncomfortable situation."

Due to a lack of agreement with Congress regarding the allocation of funds to the Government of Donald Trump to build a wall on the border with Mexico, since December 22 25% of the Administration is closed and about 800,000 employees have left to receive your salary.

"It's unacceptable and they put Americans' lives at risk," Schultz said, adding that "the vast majority" of Americans and security agencies are opposed to the construction of the wall.

In turn, Congresswoman Donna Shalala, said that it is urgent that employees return to work and "that the workers of dealerships be paid", and stressed that the administrative closure is mainly suffered by the ordinary citizen.

The representative for the electoral district 27 of Florida recalled in the press conference, which was also part of the Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the effects of the closure during the mandate of Bill Clinton, in 1995, the longest to date although the current one would happen if it reaches 22 days of administrative paralysis.

The address of the Miami International Airport (MIA) reported today that it will reduce the operations of the G terminal as of Saturday and for three days, due to the shortage of security personnel in the scanner control as a result of the administrative closure.

The measure will affect the workers of shops and businesses in that terminal, many of them under subcontracting system and who will lose those days of salaries, as Wendy Walsh, head of the local subsidiary Unite Here union, which brings together a large number of workers in the hospitality sector.

"We have been kidnapped by this fantasy of Donald Trump, there are thousands of workers whose salaries will not be returned," said the trade unionist, who reported that only at the Miami airport there are a thousand workers, many of them with a salary of 8, 5 dollars an hour.

On the other hand, the air traffic controller Billy Kisseaddoo highlighted that this Friday thousands of workers in the country received their pay "with zero dollars", and that in the case of his fellow workers the situation "has become a great distraction "

"Our work is very difficult and stressful, and we should not be distracted to talk about how we are going to pay our bills, our children's schools, mortgages, health insurance," he said.

"The government needs to be open," Romeo Rodríguez, a worker at the US Census Bureau who held a banner calling for the end of the administrative shutdown, told reporters.

"We have families and we have nothing to keep them," claimed an agent of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) specialized in handling the scanner, and who asked the Government to end the closure.


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