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CONTINUED AIR-700 REFINEMENT PLANS – AIR-720 AND AIR-730 (STAFFING OF AIR 732), 5/22/2020

On or about May 12, 2020, the Agency informed NATCA that it intended to move forward with staffing the General Aviation and Rotorcraft Section (AIR-732).  This is the second phase in the Agency’s objective to, in part, consolidate all activities related to Airworthiness Directives (ADs) into a single division.  A briefing was held on Friday, May 22, 2020.  Presently, eight (8) bargaining unit employees (BUEs) will transfer from AIR-600, and four vacancies will move to AIR-730 and populate the AIR-732 and AIR-734 sections.

As historical context, this briefing builds off of the Agency’s prior refinement efforts within AIR-700.  In January 2020, the Agency notified the Union of the partial refinement of the Compliance Airworthiness Division (AIR-700) by renaming two branches (AIR-720 and AIR-730).  The changes were untaken with the express objective of reducing variation and promoting consistency, decreasing processing time, and increasing reaction to safety issues.  As a result of the prior change, the parties entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which covered the Refinement Plans for AIR-720 and AIR-730 (AIR-700 Refinement) for the employees affected by the AIR-732 population.

These changes will cause no additional detrimental impacts on bargaining unit employees and their working conditions.  There will not be any change in pay, grade, series, duty location, or position.  No existing assignment or telework schedule will be modified as a result of the change

POCs: Region X ARVP Curt Howe, AIR National Representative Scott Odle, Labor Relations Attorney Grant Mulkey, and Labor Relations Attorney May Silverstein