FAA: A New Beginning?

For the first time in three years Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers will have a real ratified contract on October 1st.

Since Labor Day of 2006 controllers have been working under imposed work rules that FAA management took every opportunity to call a “contract”.

This is also the same FAA who decided to start referring to the airlines it’s supposed to regulate and oversee as “customers.”  Ever heard the expression “the customer is always right”?  FAA management decided this was true for a while to the detriment of safety in the system, and recently reversed course due to outside pressures after some very public disclosures of safety violations from whistleblowers within the FAA.

Now that the controllers …

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