As Shutdown Looms, PASS Reviews Its 2017 Legislative Successes

Even as a government shutdown looms, the PASS National Legislative Committee looks back on a successful year completed. Committee Chair and PASS Chapter NG3 member Mark Dunlap reflects on the union’s accomplishments.

“As 2017 came to a close, the PASS National Legislative Committee was just as busy as they were in January, when a new administration and a new Congress were sworn into office.

“With the new political makeup in Washington, D.C. came multiple attacks on federal employee pay and benefits as well as attacks on official time. With members’ help, PASS has so far been successful in pushing back on these bills and our work will continue in 2018.

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TSP Modernization Act Signed into Law

On November 17, President Trump signed into law the TSP Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R.3031) which makes a number of changes to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) to assist current and retired federal employees. The legislation received bipartisan support and was introduced by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) in the House and Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) in the Senate.

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Thanksgiving 2017

This Thanksgiving, PASS is thankful for our members and the dedication you show every day as you serve your country. You maintain and protect the largest, safest, most complex aviation system in the world.

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Union Veterans Council Head Addresses PASS Convention

In a real-world illustration depicting how the labor community helps its members, attendees at the PASS National Convention this summer were honored to host Will Attig, the executive director of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council as a guest speaker. The Council joins with union leaders and members who are veterans to speak out on veterans’ issues and improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. The group is focused on giving veterans access to good jobs, quality health care and advocates for a fully-funded Department of Veterans Affairs. PASS is proud to be part of this important group. In honor of Veterans Day 2017, PASS reprints his story.

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PASS Steps Up; Sends Emergency Goods to Puerto Rico

With support from PASS National, PASS members from Chapters FL1 and FL2 stocked up on massive amounts of supplies to assist their brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico, still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.

The FAA chartered a FedEx MD-11 which could hold 150,000 pounds of cargo. PASS collected over 60,000 pounds and the union canvassed local Orlando nonprofits that had also collected goods and provided them the extra space on the plane. The supplies departed Orlando International Airport Tuesday and landed in San Juan late Wednesday night. PASS leaders from Chapters PR1 and PR2 are in the process of taking inventory and determining how best to distribute the goods.

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Rep. Shuster Recognizes PASS Members in Puerto Rico

PASS applauds Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster’s (R-Pa.) comments on the House floor yesterday on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico: "FAA technicians are working around the clock to restore services, but because of the extent of the damage and challenges of the terrain where equipment is located, it is difficult to determine when full restoration will happen."

Read Rep. Shuster's floor remarks     Read PASS's full statement

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