If for one minute you think the FAA hasn't exacted a culture change in Air Traffic than you need to open your eyes. Reduction in pay equates to less dues, weakening NATCA's ability to function in these new and changing times.
Now for the waste, fraud, and abuse the Agency has yet again entered into without any fiscal responsibility.(Saint Louis Hate Fest ring any bells?) Let's add in the pay that all these Management types made while in Atlanta, add in the cost of paying CIC pay and overtime to cover for management, and the total is much higher than the 5 million dollar price tag.
The spike that FAA Management has driven between itself and the workforce is still there, it's just in a dormant state until the next National election cycle. Why in today's world of technology do you need to send every FAA management type to Atlanta? The answer is simple,"You Don't"!!!!!!!!!!! How about teleconference? Maybe have 2 LMR specialist in each service area and send them to one location to get training on the new contract.
What I really need explained is why management can attend FAAMA functions and be in a pay status? Why the PWC can do the same? These two organizations lobby Congress, they pay a membership fee to join and are voluntary. So why are they allowed to basically attend conventions in a pay status? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?????????? This is more in the subtle and not so subtle Union busting techniques the Agency has stooped to in the last four years.
If you think for one second the Agency is going to play nice, you are dumber than you look. It's is time to take the fight to the ring. We must prepare for the future or else every fight we have ever been through is in vain.
Look around in your facility, look at all the new young faces of Air Traffic. It's time to pass the torch to the next generation before it is too late.
FAA Management will never play fair. All the chips have always been stacked in their favor. So if you think the next generation doesn't need to be smarter and more prepared then we were,then my friends we are lost, an you are sadly mistaken.
2 months ago