NATCA EVP Co-Chairs FAA’s National Employee Involvement Team
In September, NATCA Executive Vice President Andrew LeBovidge and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator Bradley Mims were appointed as the co-chairs of the FAA’s National Employee Involvement Team (NEIT). Originally chartered in 2010 as the FAA Labor-Management Forum and renamed the NEIT in 2017, the group is composed of labor leaders from eight unions within the FAA and 16 top-level FAA management representatives including Administrator Steve Dickson and the associate administrators from all lines of business. The NEIT was put in place in an effort to broaden and deepen collaborative behaviors throughout the FAA and utilizes “the strengths of both union and management to best serve FAA employees, customers and mission.”
On Monday (Oct. 18), the NEIT held its semi-annual meeting and included a discussion regarding the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the vaccination mandate; the efforts underway for the FAA’s strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility; and a high-level overview of FAA’s planning for the “future of work” in the post-pandemic world. Additionally, the Department of Transportation’s Office of Policy, International Affairs, and Environment gave a presentation on the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act. While the NEIT is not meant to – and does not – replace the FAA’s contractual obligations to bargain with the individual unions, the NEIT meetings help keep the parties focused on the importance and value of collaboration among labor and management.