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Congress Passes Bill to End FAA Furloughs

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The U.S. Senate  passed a bill  Thursday night to eliminate furloughs to air traffic controllers. Today, the House also  passed the bill , which now goes on to the president for his signature. The furloughs caused thousands of flight delays—with some reaching three hours—and public outcry is significant.

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ALPA Asks Congress to Set One Standard of Safety for All Flights

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The Air Line Pilots (ALPA) union is asking Congress to pass the Safe Skies Act of 2013 , which would set one standard of fatigue rules for all pilots. Currently, under a rule issued by the Federal Aviation Administration last year, only passenger pilots are required to operate under flight- and duty-time limits that protect them from excessive fatigue and the possible dangers they face if they become too tired to properly fly their plane. Pilots who fly cargo planes currently operate under a weaker standard.

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Flight Attendants Win OSHA Protections

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The nation’s flight attendants will gain workplace health and safety protection from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under a proposed new policy announced by OSHA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

While OSHA safety and health standards apply to most of America's workers, airline crews have been under the jurisdiction of the FAA since 1975, when the agency claimed exclusive jurisdiction over workplace safety and health for all crew members when they are on board the aircraft.

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In ‘Travesty of Justice,’ Judge Blocks American Airlines Workers’ Union Election

A federal judge’s ruling permanently blocking 10,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines from voting on joining a union is a “ disgrace and a travesty of justice ,” says the Communications Workers of America ( CWA ). CWA Organizing Director Sandy Rusher says:   

Here in America, we're taught to respect democracy and our right to vote. Sadly, the court's decision today is an attack on the rights of these average Americans, agents who just want the opportunity to participate in a democratic election.

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NATCA: Why Air Travel Is Safer

If you’re getting ready to board a plane home after Thanksgiving or still fretting about safety in the crowded holiday skies for the upcoming holidays, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association ( NATCA )—the people who guide you home—offer five reasons to feel better about air travel.

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PATCO Strike Changed America, Sheds Light on U.S. Today

When 12,000 U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan threatened that if they were not back on the job in 48 hours, they would be fired. Two days later, 11,000 of them, all members of PATCO, were terminated and permanently replaced. The PATCO strike not only changed the lives of those involved, who were unable to ever work again in their field, it proved to be a key turning point in this nation for workers seeking a voice at their workplaces, according to Georgetown University professor Joseph McCartin.

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Report: U.S. Aviation System Safest in the World

National Air Traffic Controllers Association ( NATCA ) President Paul Rinaldi says “the most important piece” of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on aviation safety is this: “The [Federal Aviation Administration] FAA has taken several steps to further improve safety at and around airports.”

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FAA Workers Win Back Pay for Shutdown Furloughs

The 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) workers who lost two weeks of pay when they were furloughed during the Republican shutdown of the FAA, will receive back pay, the agency announced Friday.

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Coburn Yields to Pressure, Backs Off FAA Shutdown Threat

After intense public pressure and criticism, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) last night backed off his threat to shut down the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Senate approved a bill that will keep the FAA operating through January.

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Coburn Blocks FAA Bill, 80,000 People Could Be Out of Work

If 80,000 people are out of work when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) runs out of spending authority tomorrow, they can blame Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Coburn is single- handedly blocking a bill to reauthorize the FAA that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House earlier this week.

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