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NATCA Makes Bid to Represent More of the FAA Workforce - (10/4/1999)

WASHINGTON:The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is filing petitions to become the exclusive bargaining unit for an additional 1,400 Federal Aviation Administration employees.

NATCA submitted four petitions on behalf of select non-management employees at the FAA ís Washington headquarters, its domestic regions, as well as staff stationed overseas.

"Were excited to have the opportunity to represent more of the FAAís workforce," said Randy Schwitz, NATCAís executive vice president. "These people work hard everyday and deserve a voice in how their organization is run."

NATCA is a proven effective federal sector union. "We considered all the unions that represent FAA employees," said Wayne Redwine, special agent for FAA security. "We were most impressed by NATCA. This union was selected because it has a proven track record in negotiations and most importantly, its sole focus is working with the agency."

NATCA petitioned the Federal Labor Relations Authority to represent all 846 professional and non-professional employees of the office of the associate administrator for civil aviation security located at the FAAís Washington headquarters, the regions and worldwide.

Three separate petitions were also filed on behalf of 274 workers in the regional logistics division, 180 staff members in the regional accounting and budget division and 100 headquarters employees in financial services.

The organizing process continues when the FLRA reviews each petition and determines the employees are eligible for bargaining unit representation. In a FLRA supervised election, 50 percent plus one of those who vote must select NATCA as their union of choice. At that time, the FLRA will certify NATCA as the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit. The petitioned divisionís workers can then join the union.

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