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NATCA Files Suit, Asks Court to Intervene - (1/30/2004)

CONTACT: Doug Church, 202/220.9802, (cell) 301/346.8245

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association filed a lawsuit today, asking a federal court to order the Federal Service Impasses Panel to resolve bargaining impasses between NATCA and the Federal Aviation Administration affecting employees in 11 of NATCA’s non-controller bargaining units.

NATCA’s move was prompted by a recent FSIP decision not to get involved in the impasses. But the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asks the court to rule the FSIP does indeed have the jurisdiction and authority to resolve the impasses.

“We attempted to get the FSIP to resolve these impasses, under our understanding of the law, and this lawsuit seeks to ensure that happens. But we expect the FAA will circumvent the law and the collective bargaining progress by using other means,” NATCA President John Carr said.

The suit was filed against both the FSIP and the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

NATCA and the FAA have been at impasse since last July. Among the hundreds of FAA employees whose contracts are affected are budget and policy analysts, financial management accountants, computer specialists and nurses who help administer physicals for FAA employees.

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