Thu, Jul 19, 2007
Comes After Nine Months Of Negotiations
It isn't often you see the terms "FAA," "NATCA" and "agreement"
in the same sentence. We should probably enjoy it while we
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Wednesday it
signed an employment agreement with the National Air Traffic
Controllers Association (NATCA), covering approximately 1,200
Engineers and Architects who are responsible for the planning,
design and installation of facilities, systems and equipment to
ensure the safety of the National Airspace System.
Negotiations took place over the course of nine months, and the
agency reports the agreement was "overwhelmingly" ratified by the
This is the second voluntary agreement the FAA has reached with
labor unions representing agency employees in the past several
months. A national agreement was signed on May 24, 2007, with the
National Association of Government Employees Local (NAGE) covering
over 200 air traffic assistants who provide support for air traffic
operations in terminal and en route facilities.
Unlike most federal agencies, the FAA has special legislative
authority to negotiate over pay and a broad range of personnel
matters. A major FAA bargaining goal in both negotiations was to
bring more employees under the pay-for-performance plan.
As a result of these two labor agreements, the FAA will increase
the percentage of employees in its pay-for-performance plan to 84
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