This case shows how trying to hide misconduct can end up compounding an employee’s woes.
Since the air traffic controller’s strike of 1981, the public has not heard much about labor relations at the FAA. A new internal report indicates the labor relations system at the agency lacks internal controls, has significantly increased agency costs and that there is no effective system for tracking or anticipating new costs.
The Federal Aviation Administration has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance.
Since our article concerning secret FAA NATCA negotiations was posted various FedSmith authors and editors have gotten emails (other than the comments already posted), saying that we missed all or part of the story. We decided to share this information with our readers.
Are there secret negotiations going on between the FAA and a union to preserve future salary increases and the “official time” given to union representatives?
The FAA must furlough around 4,000 of its roughly 47,000 employees because Congress adjourned for the week without passing a reauthorization extension for the agency.
The Department of Transportation Inspector General will release a report Thursday on the costs associated with the 2009 FAA National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) Collective Bargaining Agreement and warn FAA not to repeat costly mistakes of the past.
NATCA President Patrick Forrey says that a recent article on the labor portion of the 2008 Democratic Party’s platform obscures the issues “through the recalling of the most unfortunate incident in Federal labor-management relations history.”
Senator Obama may want to think twice about accepting an Air Traffic Controllers’ union endorsement. When a controllers’ union endorses a presidential candidate, watch out! In 1980, they endorsed Ronald Reagan and look what happened. Is another job action possible?
Is litigation always part of change in the federal government? In this case, labor-management partnership may have delayed the inevitable but it did not stop it.