Office and Professional Employees International Union
( OPEIU ), AFL-CIO, CLC
PATCO Controller Wins job back at
San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP)
Back in April 2012, SERCO terminated a
PATCO veteran air traffic controller who worked at San Luis Obispo, CA.
This unjust firing by the Company revolved around the time period when the
controller was on a legally entitled California meal break.
The Union took the case to
arbitration, and on March 20, 2013 the Arbitrator ruled against SERCO.
The controller was awarded full reinstatement back to the facility, with
compensation for lost earnings and other benefits.
NATCA Loses Lawsuit
The Professional Air Traffic Controllers
Organization, Inc. (PATCO) represents many air traffic controllers that
work at FAA contract towers, and it considers them highly dedicated and
professionally skilled in the service they provide to the flying public.
With that said….
For nearly 17 years NATCA fought to shut down the FAA contract tower
program with the objective to force those towers and jobs back to the
Federal Sector. In August 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth
Circuit disagreed with them, affirmed a lower court opinion and dismissed
their lawsuit. See.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has
affirmed a lower court opinion that dismissed a lawsuit from the National
Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) challenging FAA’s 1993
privatization of 115 low-level activity air traffic control towers.
The ruling resolves the challenge to FAA being able
to contract for air traffic services at relatively low activity towers. NATCA filed suit in 1994, and the
case has been traveling back and forth between the district court and the appellate court ever since.
The appellate court in August held both that NATCA lacks standing and that FAA has authority to contract
for these services. FAA now has 246 towers in its contract tower program.
The case has been in litigation for nearly 17 years, the appeals court noted.
PATCO has always fully supported the contract tower program and the professional
controllers behind the scenes. The Union will continue to work with all
contractors involved to ensure that air safety is at the highest level.
Contract controllers are
professionals that deserve
better, so if you need a Union that really cares about your job, security,
future, and that will fight for your rights, PATCO is your Union.