PASS Joins Lawsuit Against Federal Government

Today, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, took legal action against the U.S. government for its failure to pay employees during the current government shutdown. In an act of solidarity, PASS is joining a lawsuit with other unions of the Federal Workers Alliance, including the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) and the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO).

“We need this shutdown to end,” said PASS National President Mike Perrone. “We want to ensure that employees receive pay for the tremendous work they do in keeping our air traffic control system the safest in the world. And they are continuing to do that under extremely challenging circumstances.”

PASS plans to continue exploring every possible legal and legislative avenue. In the meantime, PASS believes it is in the interest of all federal employees to work with fellow unions who are also representing workers being harmed and disrespected by this furlough.

PASS Rallies Against Partial Government Shutdown On Capitol Hill

Today, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents aviation safety inspectors, systems specialists and other aviation professionals at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), joined other labor unions and congressional leaders to rally on Capitol Hill against the partial government shutdown. With the government shutdown approaching three weeks, aviation safety inspectors are not able to perform their critical tasks and many other FAA employees are working without a paycheck.

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PASS, Union Coalition Call on Congress & White House to End Shutdown

This week, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS) joined a coalition of 30 federal labor unions in sending a letter to every member of the new Congress and the president asking them to find consensus to end the partial government shutdown.

“The costs of a shutdown only add to the financial sacrifice imposed on the federal workforce in recent years,” wrote the Federal-Postal Coalition. “Since 2011, federal employees have had more than $200 billion taken from their pay and benefits as a result of pay freezes, furloughs, and increased retirement contributions. This number will only grow if the federal pay freeze for 2019 remains in effect. In 2013, when the government shut down for 16 days, it cost American taxpayers nearly $24 billion. Federal employees and the American people should not have to pay for another shutdown.”

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Aviation Safety Inspectors Grounded During Government Shutdown

PASS National President Mike Perrone released the following statement regarding the partial government shutdown’s impact on aviation safety.

“Once again Congress has missed funding deadlines for the federal government and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspectors are off the job as of midnight last night. These PASS-represented employees—more than 4,000—are responsible for the oversight, certification and surveillance of the entire American aviation system, including all general aviation and commercial aircraft, pilots and flight instructors, and repair stations both in this country and abroad. Furloughing this critical workforce during the busy holiday travel season is neither in the best interest of the nation’s economy nor the oversight of the U.S. aviation system."

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Government Shutdown Looming; FAA Employees & Aviation Safety Impacted

A partial federal government shutdown will occur on Friday, December 21 at midnight, if lawmakers can’t agree on funding critical agencies, like the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), before the crush of holiday travel.
Many dedicated federal employees—such as aviation safety inspectors—will be furloughed and many will continue to work, but without a paycheck, just before the holidays. PASS encourages all DOT and FAA employees and their colleagues in other affected agencies, to contact their member of Congress NOW, and ask them to avert a government shutdown.
Read more about what will happen if there is a partial government shutdown as you prepare to visit your loved ones this holiday season.


Thanksgiving 2018

As the nation prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, PASS is grateful for our members at the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense who protect the largest, safest and most complex air traffic control system in the world. This week—the busiest travel week of the year—that system will be taxed by the estimated 4.4 million Americans expected to travel by air to be with their families and friends. And many PASS members will be on the job, maintaining telecommunications and radar equipment, providing aeronautical charts and information and more. They will have inspected the very aircraft you are sitting on. They will be away from their own families on Thanksgiving because they are committed public servants and work for the American taxpayer who rely on their expertise.

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