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NATCA-Represented Engineers & Architects, Traffic Management Coordinators, Sign Contracts - (1/30/2001)

WASHINGTON - Federal Aviation Administration engineers and architects, which are represented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, signed a historic, five-year contract today with the FAA during ceremonies at agency headquarters.

This is the first contract the FAA has negotiated using a process of interest-based bargaining. At the same time, FAA-employed traffic management coordinators, which are also represented by NATCA, signed an agreement to be included in the current NATCA contract with the FAA.

Among their many responsibilities, NATCA engineers and architects - a bargaining unit of 1,100 - design, construct and remodel new air traffic control facilities and replace aging equipment as well as evaluate systems and provide technical support. They are committed to ensuring the high performance operation of the vast network of sophisticated navigation, surveillance, communication and automation equipment in the air traffic control system, which is the busiest and most complex in the world. The group, which was certified in November 1997, believes the deal has significantly altered the work life of the FAA engineer.

“We’ve spent a long time working toward obtaining a collective bargaining agreement with the FAA,” said Jim D’Agati, NATCA regional vice president for FAA engineers and architects. “We see it as a positive step toward the future growth of engineers and the FAA. We would like to thank NATCA for its support of the engineers and architects. The controllers have been extremely supportive of our cause and objectives.”

Traffic management coordinators, a bargaining unit of 606, work in en route centers and terminals, including 88 members at the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon, Va. They balance the maximizing of the system by coordinating the flow of aircraft. Traffic decisions are first made daily on a national scale, where TMCs monitor activity throughout the country and adjust the flow for both traffic saturation and weather avoidance.

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