Air traffic controllers for the Federal Aviation Administration have been working under imposed work rules since Labor Day of 2006 after failing to come to a contract agreement.
This year the Obama Administration forced the FAA and the air traffic controllers’ union, NATCA, back to the bargaining table to resolve the dispute. The contract articles they were unable to agree upon were eventually sent to a panel of arbitrators, who made their decision regarding those items.
(This isn’t really new news, and some other websites have already discussed these issues, but I figured I’d add my two cents as well…)
Here is the introduction from that decision in August of 2009 (including my highlighted sections):
OPINION OF THE PANEL