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Low-paid TSA workers to get partial paychecks

January 25, 2019

TSA employees will get partial paychecks the agency announced Friday, with 7.5 percent of airport security employees calling out sick.

Lower-paid employees “at the I-band and below” — paid a minimum of $60,871 annually — will receive 40 hours worth of pay for any work completed between Dec. 23 and Jan. 5, the TSA told NBC. TSA employees are organized by pay “bands,” designated by letter, A through M.

Higher-paid employees will not receive any partial payments.

“Challenging times require challenging decisions. While our aim is to pay everyone for their work, during this period of lapse in funding and because of legal and financial constraints, we needed to make decisions on how best to support the workforce using the limited funds we had,” TSA said in statement to NBC News. “As such, it was determined that where we could, we would provide partial pay to employees and we focused on employees in the lower pay bands to help alleviate the financial strain they may be experiencing.”

On Thursday, the TSA said that the agency had a 7.5 percent rate of unscheduled absences, compared to a 3 percent rate one year ago on the same weekday.

The agency also said that wait times were not significantly affected, with 99.9 percent of passengers waiting less than 30 minutes and 96.3 percent of passengers waiting less than 15 minutes.

Passengers at Bradley International Airport, for example, waited a maximum of 24 minutes.

Jordan Fenster is digital products editor for Hearst Connecticut Media. jordan.fenster@hearstmediact.com

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