Legislation has been introduced in the House to privatize the nation’s air traffic control systems. It failed in the past, but could it succeed this time?
Will the nation’s air traffic control system be run by a non-profit entity outside of the federal government? The interest groups are lining up for what promises to be a hard fight in Congress.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) reportedly supports the “defederalization” of air traffic control as a boon to safe air travel and suggested an air traffic controller-owned organization apparently operated as non-profit or a quasi-government outfit. Why might NATCA want to see anything less than a complete privatization of the air traffic system?
How does FMLA leave work during a government shutdown for excepted employees? The author offers some details.
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?
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.
The FAA has asked a federal mediator to help with the labor negotiations between the agency and the union that represented air traffic controllers.
The FAA and NATCA don’t agree on the best way to wind up labor negotiations.