Canadian Air Traffic Controllers Are Sending Pizza To Their U.S. Colleagues

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government will enter a record 24th day on Monday as President Donald Trump continues to demand $7.8 billion to build a Mexico border wall. 

Roughly 800,000 workers have been affected, with many continuing to show up and do their job despite not knowing when their pay will hit their account.

Among them are 10,000 air traffic controllers who have no choice but to head to work because their jobs are considered essential.

In true Canadian spirit, air traffic controllers banded together to deliver their un-paid U.S. counterparts some pan-fried goodness.

It all started on Thursday when employees at Edmonton's control centre decided to buy pies for controllers working in Anchorage, Alaska.

The idea quickly snowballed.

"The next thing we knew, our members were buying pizzas left, right and center for the colleagues in the U.S.," head of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association Peter Duffey told ABC News.

"As it stands right now, I believe we're up to 36 facilities that have received pizza from Canada, and that number is growing by the hour."

So far, more than 300 pizzas have been chowed down by American controllers from Seattle to Anchorage and from New York to Minneapolis, with more slices still on the way.

Plenty of workers have taken to social media to say thank you.

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Air traffic controllers aren't just sitting around waiting for the partial shutdown to end, their fight for pay has seriously escalated.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) filed a lawsuit on Friday, accusing the White House of violating the Fifth Amendment by depriving controllers of "hard-earned compensation without the requisite due process."

While they wait for resolution to the matter, at least they won't be hungry and the flying public can relax.