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Amends federal transportation law to repeal, as of April 1, 2006, provisions prohibiting the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from implementing any proposed change to the FAA personnel management system, in cases where the services of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service do not lead to an agreement between the Administrator and FAA employees, until 60 days after the Administrator has transmitted the proposed change (along with the objections of the exclusive bargaining representatives to the change, including the reasons for such objections) to Congress.
Your Local Air Traffic Controllers Need Your Help NOW!
On Wednesday, June 7th the United States House of Representatives will be voting on HR5449 which would restore fair bargaining to the FAA. This legislation would simply direct the FAA to use the Federal Services Impasse Panel to resolve the dispute. The same entity used by other federal employees and their employer.
As you know the air traffic controllers that guide you home each day are a dedicated, highly-skilled group of professionals that always put safety first.
By next year, the FAA’s plan could compel 1 in 4 controllers to retire in order to preserve their annuity rather than continuing to perform their critical jobs.
Support the ones that guide you home! Please call your Congressman today and ask for a yes vote on HR5449. (Most offices have voice mail, so calls outside of business hours are acceptable)
Call Congress NOW at 1-877-FAIR-FAA
Two years ago a supervisor in the airport's control tower wrote a memo warning that staff shortages in the tower "can cost lives
The warning memo was filed in September 2004, and obtained this week by the Associated Press. It complained that the air traffic manager didn't want to pay two hours of overtime to call someone in to fix a problem with the airport's radar equipment.
The staff shortage has forced some controllers to handle double-duty - simultaneously directing airplanes on the ground and monitoring air traffic by radar, much like the solo air traffic controller in Lexington, Ky., last weekend when a commuter plane crashed trying to take off on the wrong runway.
The controller had worked from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, taken a nine-hour break and returned to work for another shift starting at 11:30 p.m., according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The accident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. near the end of the shift.
Prompted by last week's tragic plane crash in Kentucky, Senator Charles Schumer is demanding that New York's air traffic control towers be fully staffed around the clock.
Never mind that the NATCA has been trying to do this and Congress shut them down.
Schumer says he wants the towers at all area airports to be fully staffed and called on Congress to approve $60 million for a new tower at LaGuardia Airport.