PATCO brother Jim Hays (age78), passed
away December 7, 2016 in Stuart, Florida.
Jim's involvement and dedication in the
early years of our newly-formed union brought the serious and critical
issues of the air traffic control system to the forefront and national
attention. The FAA refused to address the issues, but things were about to
change in spite of the agencies autocratic attitude.
Jim led the first sick out (job action)
against the FAA in early 1970 because of severe staffing shortages.
This action forced the FAA to hire more controllers.
His continued leadership and dedication helped
pave the way for future generations, to ensure a better working profession;
which included the first ever air traffic controller retirement bill that
was signed into law by President Nixon.
Jim was a true "Labor Leader" that
always fought for the controllers and their profession no matter who or
what got in the way.
PATCO Controller Wins job back at
San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP)
SERCO terminated a
PATCO 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 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 to shut down
A win for contract tower
For nearly 17 years NATCA
fought hard 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. The ruling resolves the challenge to FAA being able
to contract for air traffic services at relatively low activity towers.
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.
Our Union has always 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.