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HUMAN RESOURCE POLICY MANUAL (HRPM) POLICY BULLETIN #123, AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021 (ARPA) BRIEFING

On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, NATCA was notified by the Agency of its intent to implement and to administer the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Public Law No. 117-2 at the Agency for use by employees, including those in the NATCA bargaining unit, following President Biden signing the ARPA into law on March 11, 2021.  The ARPA establishes the use of employee paid leave (up to 600 hours or 15 workweeks) for qualifying COVID-19 public health emergency absences, occurring between March 11, 2021 and September 30, 2021, or until funds are no longer available.  A $9,000,000 Emergency FAA Employee Leave Fund has been benchmarked for Agency employees.  NATCA responded by requesting a full briefing to obtain an explanation of the changes in order to ensure that there would be no detrimental impact on the working conditions of BUEs.  A briefing was held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

The Parties are currently engaged in negotiations over the Agency’s implantation of the ARPA and Policy Bulletin #123.  

POCs: Chief of Staff Dean Iacopelli, Director of Labor Relations Nicole Vitale, Assistant Director of Labor Relations Akua Brempong-Smith, and Senior Counsel for Labor Relations

May Silverstein

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