WASHINGTON – The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS) issued the following statement welcoming Ali Bahrami to his new position as Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

“PASS congratulates Associate Administrator Bahrami in his new position at the FAA, overseeing the largest, safest and most complex aviation system in the world. His hands-on experience at the FAA, his skills as an engineer and his work within the industry make him uniquely suited to carry out this critical mission of aviation safety.

PASS National President Mike Perrone has written an opinion piece that was published July 2 in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the largest newspaper in the state. New Jersey also has one of the most unique and complex aviation systems in the country. The op-ed clearly lays out the argument against privatizing the nation's air traffic control system. "Rather than creating upheaval in the world’s safest and busiest aviation system, we should continue to invest in improvements to technology, stabilize federal funding streams and ensure adequate staffing."

Mike Perrone, national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), issued the following statement on the outcome of Tuesday’s vote in the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation. PASS represents 11,000 employees at the FAA.

The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents systems specialists and inspectors at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is pleased to support The Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S.1405), introduced by Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee Chair John Thune (R-S.D.), Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Aviation Subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

Today, Mike Perrone, national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) who ensure the safety of the National Airspace System and the aircraft that use it, rejected the 21st Century AIRR Act introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).

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