When the air-traffic controllers
went on strike, the pilots didn't strike, the stewards didn't strike, and the machinists didn't strike, so the air-traffic controllers
The jobs are clerical and professional and do not include air-traffic controllers. An FAA spokeswoman said the cuts will have no impact on the flying public.
The plan identifies more than 300 specific tasks for federal agencies to undertake should a pandemic occur, including shifting of air-traffic controllers to the busier hubs and determination of which frontline workers should be the first to receive vaccination.
The air-traffic controllers union is trying to keep the FAA from informing the public about the contract terms it is seeking, the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.
The union representing air-traffic controllers would prefer higher salaries to new safety equipment, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey writes in this commentary.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey does not expect a work slowdown or a wave of early retirements to result from the impasse over a new contract with air-traffic controllers. The FAA ended talks and sent its proposal to Congress last week.