CONTINUED OUTSOURCING RAISES RED FLAG WITH UNION

WASHINGTON, DCWith its recent announcement, Delta joins the ranks of United, Northwest, Alaskaand US Airways as the latest airline to outsource heavy maintenance work – a trend that raises serious concerns for the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS, AFL-CIO), the union representing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors charged with oversight of outsourced work.

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FAA TECHNICIANS’ UNION CHIEF WARNS CONGRESS OF PREVENTABLE THREATS TO AVIATION SAFETY

Technician Shortage, Abandonment of Preventive Maintenance Primary Among Union’s Concerns

WASHINGTON, DC—Thomas Brantley, president of Professional Airways Systems Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), today told the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation that FAA policy changes potentially threaten the safety of America’s air travel system.

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TAMPA RADIO OUTAGE RAISES STAFFING CONCERNS AMONG TECHNICIANS’ UNION

WASHINGTON, DCThe loss of commercial power at Tampa International Airport on Saturday has raised serious concerns for Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), the union that represents airport technicians. The outage caused four hours of radio problems and a loss of communication between air traffic controllers and pilots for 20 minutes. 

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PASS ASKS ARBITRATOR TO ORDER RESCISSION OF LOCKHEED MARTIN CONTRACT

Complaint Alleges FAA Breached Labor Agreement with Technicians Union

 

WASHINGTON, DC—Professional Airways Systems Specialists(PASS), AFL-CIO, the labor organization representing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees who maintain, certify, repair and install equipment in the air traffic control system, is seeking an order from a federal arbitrator requiring the FAA to rescind a service contract awarded in February 2005 to Lockheed Martin for the operation of the FAA’s automated flight service stations. Flight service stations provide weather and aeronautical information to our nation’s pilots around the country.

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INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ECHOES PASS’S CONCERNS

Report Highlights FAA’s Insufficient Staffing and Budgetary Constraints

WASHINGTON, DCOn June 3, the Office of the Inspector General (IG) released its “Audit of Safety Oversight of an Air Carrier Industry in Transition,” which highlights the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) current budget and staffing challenges in light of the subsequent changes occurring in the industry and the corresponding risks to air safety. Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), the union that represents FAA safety inspectors, supports the IG’s investigation into aviation safety oversight. “We are pleased to see the IG draw attention to the serious issue of the oversight of our airline industry,” said Linda Goodrich, PASS regional vice president representing FAA inspectors.

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