NATCA Members Join Senator Bennet for Labor Roundtable
NATCA Northwest Mountain Legislative Representative Jenny Benjamin (Centennial ATCT, APA) and Denver ATCT (DEN) FacRep Gary Beal met with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (Colo.) during a Denver Airport Labor Roundtable.
“We thanked the senator for standing with air traffic controllers during the government shutdown in 2018/2019,” Benjamin said. “We also thanked him for his most recent supportive vote in passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which included $5 billion in dedicated funding to repair, replace, and improve FAA facilities and equipment.”
Benjamin and Beal discussed with Senator Bennet NATCA’s current local and national priorities with staffing and training and how NATCA’s members need the FAA to continue aggressively hiring new air traffic controllers to meet demand and to coordinate with NATCA on appropriate staffing levels at FAA air traffic facilities.
Other labor unions in attendance at the roundtable discussed their priorities, including many having similar issues with staffing.
“I was enlightened to get the perspective from other workers who support the mission of Denver International Airport, including facility services, TSA employees, and pilots,” Benjamin said. “NATCA is proud of the vital work that our members perform for the traveling public every day, and we appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with members of Congress.”
PHOTO: (left to right) NATCA Northwest Mountain Legislative Representative Jenny Benjamin (Centennial Tower, APA), U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Denver ATCT (DEN) FacRep Gary Beal