For Immediate Release

August 6, 2007
Contact: Laura Brown
Phone: (202) 267-3883

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) has dismissed all of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s (NATCA) charges of unfair labor practices related to the negotiation and implementation of the 2006 air traffic controller contract. The FLRA concluded that there was no merit to NATCA’s claims, determining that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bargained in good faith and the agency’s implementation of the contract was lawful.

“This decision validates our new contract, which is saving taxpayers $1.9 billion over five years and providing the resources we need to invest in 21st-century air traffic systems,” said FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey.

The FLRA dismissed NATCA’s charges, filed with the authority in April, July and September 2006, alleging that the FAA unlawfully submitted the contract bargaining impasse with NATCA to Congress and engaged in a pattern and practice of bad faith negotiations. FLRA also found that there was no merit to the union’s charge that FAA failed to bargain under the auspices of the Federal Services Impasses Panel and implemented the 2006 contract prior to the completion of bargaining.

The FLRA’s decision affirms that the FAA followed the process enacted by Congress for resolving bargaining impasses over changes to the agency’s personnel system.

The FLRA is a bipartisan and independent body created by statute to oversee federal sector labor relations.