Canadian air traffic controllers buy pizzas for Rockford airport counterparts

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Members of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association sent pizzas to their counterparts at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport on Monday, in an act of solidarity while Rockford's controllers work without pay during the federal government shutdown.

Controllers in Kelowna, British Columbia randomly chose Rockford, as units all over Canada have been sending hundreds of pizzas to control towers all across the United States.

The idea began last Friday, according to Peter Duffey, president of the CATCA, who told CNN that the controllers were looking for a way to help the American controllers as they faced their first payday with no paycheck.

More than 350 pizzas have been sent to 49 FAA units across the United States so far.

Maciano's Pizza in Rockford took the order for Monday's delivery. 

In additon, the airport has been sending breakfast and lunch to the tower all week.

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