Today, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents over 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) including systems specialists and aviation safety inspectors, commemorates its 40th anniversary. The union was founded in Chicago on February 17, 1977, by a group of 50 FAA technicians who gathered to strategize about improving working conditions. PASS currently represents employees in five different bargaining units and continues to grow and expand its presence in the workplace.

Yesterday, the Alliance for Aviation Across America, the League of Rural Voters and the Air Care Alliance released the results of a survey indicating that the majority of voters are opposed to privatization of the air traffic control system. The survey, conducted by Global Strategy group, included responses from 800 registered voters nationwide.

Mike Perrone, national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), released the following statement recognizing the confirmation of Elaine Chao as the next secretary of the Department of Transportation:

Bob Berlyn, Chapter NG3, joined the FAA, Boston Flight Standard District Office (FSDO) in 2008, as a general aviation safety inspector. About a year later, he was promoted to a principal operations inspector. He has served as a general aviation ops inspector at the Boston FSDO for his entire career with the FAA. During that time, he has been the FSDO’s go-to air show person, On-The-Job (OJT) instructor, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) point of contact (POC) and tail wheel expert.

Mike Perrone, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO, the union that represents over 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), released this statement regarding the 2016 elections: