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April 18, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
Air traffic controllers will be required to take at least nine hours off between shifts — one more hour than the current practice — and supervisors will work more overnight hours under new rules announced Sunday. Controllers will not be permitted to lengthen their weekends by swapping shifts if that could put them on unscheduled midnight duty or deprive them of enough rest, Federal Aviation Administration officials said in a statement. Managers also will be required to schedule their shifts to encourage greater coverage in the early-morning and late-night hours.
August 7, 1986
By a 193-226 vote, the House rejected an amendment to force the Federal Aviation Administration to rehire 1,000 air traffic controllers fired by President Reagan after their union illegally struck the government in 1981. This occurred as the House debated a $10.3-billion fiscal 1987 appropriations bill (HR 5205) for the Department of Transportation and related agencies. As later sent to the Senate, the bill gave the government the option of rehiring the strikers. Sponsor Guy V. Molinari (R-N.Y.
December 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Air traffic controllers worried about losing their jobs to private companies sought support from travelers at 70 airports from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco. The publicity blitz ends today. The Federal Aviation Administration has assured controllers their jobs are safe. "The Bush administration has set the dominoes up for privatization," said Karl Keller, a controller at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
May 21, 1991 | From Reuters
Soviet air traffic controllers called off a potentially damaging strike late Monday, and another body blow to the faltering economy was narrowly averted. Officials of the controllers' trade union said the government has agreed on an interim pay raise of 50% and further negotiations. The strike was suspended until Aug. 10. Further details were not available.
June 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Senate defied the Bush administration on Thursday by voting to prohibit the government from transferring air traffic control to private companies. Despite a veto threat, the ban passed 56-41 as an amendment to a spending plan for the Federal Aviation Administration. Air traffic controllers supported the amendment, sponsored by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.).
April 20, 2006 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
A 10-second power failure at a San Diego air traffic control center Wednesday morning had controllers around the Southland wondering why the "hiccup" lasted so long -- even as the Federal Aviation Administration said the outage was handled with textbook precision. Power to the Terminal Radar Approach Center, which tracks planes at most Southern California airports from five to 30 miles out, was cut at 9:47 a.m.
April 30, 1985 | United Press International
The Air Line Pilots Assn. said Monday that it will move toward organizing the nation's air traffic controllers, posing a possible confrontation with another union representing government workers. The pilots' surprise move could collide with efforts of the American Federation of Government Employees, which has been attempting to unionize the controllers for more than a year. ALPA said it believes that the controllers would prefer to join the pilots' union.
June 11, 1987 | Associated Press
Thousands of air traffic controllers decided overwhelmingly today to form a new union in a vote cast six years after President Reagan broke their 1981 strike and fired those who walked off their jobs. The controllers cast ballots in favor of a union by more than a 2-1 margin. With 84% of the eligible controllers casting ballots, the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn.
January 13, 1989 | Associated Press
Air traffic controllers have reached tentative agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration on their first union contract since President Reagan fired 11,400 controllers in 1981. "It's a clear victory for both the FAA and the union," said union President R. Steve Bell, who predicted easy approval of the agreement by the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn.'s 7,000 members. They make up just over half of the nationwide controller work force.
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