Man Sets Up GoFundMe Campaign For TSA Workers During Government Shutdown

Nancy Harty
January 11, 2019 - 2:19 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Downers Grove man has set up a GoFundMe campaign for TSA workers since they're not getting paid during the government shutdown.

Bill Natale calls it "a terrible shame" that TSA agents haven't been paid for three weeks while still working. He decided to set up the campaign after donating to a government contractor who was making plea for help during the shutdown.

"We need to come up with a better system so that get paid, so they don't get caught in these political minefields," he said. 

Natale spoke with the union representing the 2,000 TSA agents at O'Hare and Midway about distributing the funds to their workers. 

As of 2 p.m. Friday, Dollars for Chicago TSA Workers had only raised $115.

A manager for the American Federation of Government Employees said they're not affiliated with any crowdfunding sites at this point, and are instead directing members to apply for unemployment.

Matt Muchowski said “Federal Employees and the American public who rely on their resources need a budget passed – nothing else will be remotely equivalent. Until the shutdown ends we will continue to speak out, call our legislators, rally and organize.”