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), released the following statement in response to President Trump’s budget that includes language supporting privatization of the air traffic control system:

Today, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents over 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration, including Technical Operations employees in the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), applauded a February 28 letter from Senate Appropriations Committee leaders that rejected plans for privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system. The letter was sent by Appropriations Committee Chair Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Transportation Subcommittee Chair Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Transportation Subcommittee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chair John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

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: