- Published: November 07, 2020
The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents over 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD), released this statement regarding the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States:
PASS congratulates President-elect Biden on his victory and looks forward to working with his administration at all levels to ensure that the important work of the American public can be conducted without impediment. The union also recognizes the historic election of Sen. Kamala Harris as the first woman who will serve as Vice President.
PASS has always been willing to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and regardless of which party occupied the White House. “As a union, PASS focuses on policy and legislation that impact the federal workforce and aviation safety, not candidates.” said National President Mike Perrone.
Unfortunately, the last four years saw a push for policies that undermined the aviation system, collective bargaining and a merit-based civil service system. The administration issued numerous executive orders aimed at restricting official time for union representation, limiting collective bargaining rights, and placing restrictions on the ability to challenge and resolve disciplinary actions, among many others.
PASS expects that the incoming administration will take steps to roll back these harmful actions and to strengthen collective bargaining rights and a federal government employment system that is based solely on merit.
“PASS hopes a Biden administration will work to strengthen civil service protection, including the right to collectively bargain for fair pay and safe working conditions,” said Perrone. The union will continue to ensure a level playing field for all federal employees in order to allow them to conduct the nation’s business safely, efficiently and without interference.
Contact Liz Doherty, Communications Director