Unions Want FAA to Make Up for Unnecessary Furloughs

The control tower stands in the background as a passenger paces while on the phone outside the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. David Goldman/AP

This story has been updated. 

Multiple unions representing employees at the Federal Aviation Administration are filing grievances with the agency, attempting to receive paid time off to make up  for unnecessary furloughs some employees were forced to take.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association — which represents 20,000 members — has filed a grievance because it claims FAA has not complied with regulations from the Office of Personnel Management.

“OPM has put out guidance that grants agencies discretion to provide excused absence to employees who served furlough days that were not required due to the furlough subsequently being cancelled,” a NATCA spokesman told Government Executive. “FAA has yet to exercise that discretion. Approximately half of NATCA’s members served their furlough day in the first half of the pay period in which the furlough was cancelled.”

 

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