Grievance on CFS 2006 Official Time Upheld
Thursday, October 07, 2010

FAA Ruled to Have Improperly Denied Rights of Member Attendees to Safety Conference

Arbitrator Richard Bloch sustained NATCA's grievance regarding the agency's improper denial of duty time or official time for travel to and attendance at the Communicating for Safety seminar during the week of September 11, 2006. The award also covers CFS for 2007 and 2008. Initially, bargaining unit employees were granted 16 hours of either duty time or official time to participate in the seminar. Instead of receiving the approved time, employees were informed that the agency had retroactively denied the time and individuals were charged with annual leave. Other employees were told they could not be released from the schedule to attend on duty time, however they were granted annual leave to attend. 

Arbitrator Bloch ordered a make whole remedy for those employees facing this situation. The award was issued on September 30, 2010 and the union has 30 days to identify affected employees. In order to ensure all impacted bargaining unit employees are made whole, please provide your RVP or ARVP with names of the employees by October 18, 2010. In order to fully administer the award, please provide the amount of annual leave that was charged to employees in lieu of the requested duty or official time.