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Air traffic controllers union sues Trump administration over frozen pay during shutdown

An air traffic controller at the Opa-locka airport in Opa-locka, Florida.

The union representing the United States' air traffic controllers is suing the Trump administration over pay that's frozen as part of the partial government shutdown, a sign of increasing tension between federal workers and the government as the impasse edges closer to becoming one of the longest ever.

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The Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic controllers are among the 420,000 federal employees who have been deemed essential and have been ordered to work without pay during the shutdown, which began on Dec. 22 due to an impasse over funding for a wall along the U.S. southern border.

The suit alleges the government "unlawfully deprived" the thousands of air traffic controllers of pay "without due process."

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association represents some 19,000 FAA employees, which includes 14,000 air traffic controllers. They have already missed a paycheck, according to union spokesman Doug Church.

This story developing. Check back for updates.

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