ATO 2101 Pay Settlement
Will the settlement result in me receiving a pay increase?
If you know the year of your Entry On Duty date and your current base salary (without locality), you should be able to determine whether your salary will go up under this salary. If you are unable to figure it out, you can email us for assistance.
What is happening with the pay memo issued by Jeff Planty? Why don’t we just follow that?
The FAA made clear during our discussions that the memo would be rescinded regardless of whether PASS and the FAA settled PASS’s national grievance. PASS was informed that the FAA rescinded it in early April 2021.
Why didn’t the I Band pay get fixed ?
By creating a minimum salary for the I band, this settlement will result in a pay increase for about 10 percent of the workforce in the I Band. [The new minimum is 11.5 percent above the current I Band minimum] While we proposed additional pay adjustments for employees in the I Band based on longevity, the FAA took a hard line against doing that because, in its view, the February 2020 pay memo did not create disparity in the I Band and the agency could not afford additional costs under the settlement. This is an issue that can be raised in the 2022 contract bargaining.
Why would anyone take an I Band job if the salary is not that much higher than the H Band?
PASS agrees that there is now wage compression between the bands. We will have an opportunity to deal with this issue next year when bargaining the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Why didn’t PASS do anything for employees in the J Band?
While we proposed additional pay adjustments for J Band employees, the FAA took a hard line against such adjustments because the February 2020 pay memo did not, it its view, create disparity in the J Band and it could not afford additional costs under the settlement.
Why didn’t PASS negotiate anything for employees over the band maximum who haven’t received a raise under this CBA?
This was the settlement of a grievance, not a typical pay negotiation. PASS is aware of concerns expressed by employees over the pay band maximum and it will be possible to consider those concerns next year when bargaining the new CBA.
Why didn’t PASS go to arbitration to get back pay for employees?
PASS believes this settlement is well beyond anything the union might have achieved by going to arbitration. Moreover, we do not believe we would have convinced an arbitrator to issue an award that would be better than this settlement and an award of back pay under current Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) precedent would have been difficult to achieve.
Why did the settlement not include special salaries for Tier 1 facilities?
There are a few reasons for this. First, the FAA made clear that while it was experimenting with the idea of higher pay for Tier 1 facilities, it later decided that such pay was not necessary and it did not to continue with that distinction. Second, the agency received criticism from FAA Finance for the pay structure in the February 2020 pay memo which is one of the reasons the agency planned to rescind the memo. Third, PASS has never endorsed treating employees differently based on the type of facility they work in.
Why did PASS agree to this settlement?
After many discussions with the FAA, we concluded that this settlement had a lot of value for many employees in our bargaining unit. It also appeared that the FAA would not agree to any additional cost. We also feel that this settlement puts the union in a good position going into bargaining next year.
Will 2101s still be eligible for an In-Position Increase (IPI) as negotiated in the last CBA?
I heard IPIs are going away. Is that true?
IPIs are not going away. 2101 employees remain eligible to be granted an IPI. However, the contractual obligation on how many IPIs the FAA must award has been reduced and is tied to the number of employees in positions outside of the 2101 series. But all employees remain eligible for an IPI.
Will PASS members get to vote on this agreement?
No, because this is the settlement of a grievance. However, if the terms of this settlement are incorporated into the future CBA during the 2022 round of bargaining, that will be subject to ratification.
I am a series 856 employee. Why didn’t PASS increase pay for 856 employees?
The national grievance and the discussions around the grievance focused on the disparity associated with the February 2020 pay memo. That memo only addressed Series 2101 employees. However, we believe this settlement will allow us to address the compensation of other employees, including Series 343, 344, 802 and 856 employees, when bargaining the next CBA.
What is good about this settlement?
The settlement sets minimum amounts for the F, G, H, and I bands. In addition, the settlement agreement includes salary adjustments for certain employees based on longevity. Altogether, approximately 1,500 employees will receive an increase to their base pay (before locality).
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Why Join PASS? Membership in PASS is about more than joining a union—it is about having a voice, gaining a system of support and solidarity, and making an important investment in your future. What else do you get by joining PASS? Why should you join now? Take a look at the following and the make the decision to join PASS today! It’s important to note that when you start paying dues to PASS, those dues are NEVER used for political activity. Have questions about PASS or becoming a member? Contact PASS National Organizer James Renaldi.
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What is the Federal Labor Relations Authority?
The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is a quasi-judicial body created by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, commonly known as the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute. The statute allows non-postal federal employees to organize, collectively bargain, and participate in labor organizations through the employees own free choice.
“The Authority adjudicates: unfair labor practice disputes in which an Administrative Law Judge has issued a decision to which exceptions have been filed; applications of decisions and orders issued in representation matters; exceptions to grievance-arbitration awards; and negotiability disputes arising during collective bargaining.” FLRA.gov
Why do we need to sign a petition to have an election?
There are a number of steps before PASS can request an election be held. PASS must show that there is a sufficient showing of interest by the employees wishing to be represented by PASS. We do this by having you and your colleagues sign onto a petition requesting an election. Legally, we need 30 percent of a proposed bargaining unit to sign a petition. Since the goal is to win the election and not just have one, PASS likes to get signatures from 55–60 percent of the proposed bargaining unit before filing for an election.
How can I sign a petition?
Your colleagues will most likely collect signatures on the petition. Contact PASS National Organizer James Renaldi to find out if a petition is circulating within your work group.
What happens after a petition is filed with the FLRA?
The FLRA will first validate the signatures on the petition. Then it will determine which employees are included in the “bargaining unit,” meaning employees that are eligible for union representation. The FLRA will set the date for a secret-ballot election.
How is an election determined?
It takes a simple majority, 50 percent + 1, of the proposed bargaining unit to vote for PASS for PASS to win.
I’m already in the PASS bargaining unit and want to know more
What is the PASS structure?
The PASS national executive board is made up of the national president, national vice president, and five regional vice presidents (RVPs) who represent employees in front of the FAA management, Congress and the media. Each RVP works with two national assistants who can handle employee and member matters. The union also has a number of elected representatives (such as contract representatives, regional business agents and principal office representatives) who serve as counterparts to management and ensure the contracts are being followed. [Learn more about PASS’s Regions.]
The PASS national office, which includes attorneys, communications professionals and legislative advocates, among others, represents the interests of the PASS membership and provides support and assistance to dues-paying members.
Additionally, PASS provides a number of different professional development opportunities outside of the representative structure, such as safety representatives, subject matter experts and legislative grassroots activists.
What is the difference between being a dues-paying member and being represented by PASS?
PASS members run the union! Every representative of PASS is elected by dues-paying members. PASS members also help guide our union by ratifying all contracts and provide input before contract negotiations. Members also can serve as safety representatives, subject matter experts, Article 13 (ATO) or Article 23 (AVS) representatives, and in many other roles. These benefits and responsibilities are only available to those who pay dues to PASS. If you want your voice heard and have a say on issues that affect your worklife, join PASS!
How can I join PASS?
You can show your support for PASS now by filling out an electronic SF-1187. Dues withholding does not begin until PASS wins a representation election..
Can I see a copy of the PASS collective bargaining agreements before I join?
Yes, the two contracts PASS has with the FAA can be found here.
How can I become more involved in PASS's organizing efforts in my office?
Contact National Organizer James Renaldi at (724) 833-1126.