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Public Employees Are Leading the Way on Making Government Work Better

Public Employees Are Leading the Way on Making Government Work Better

Despite being one of the most frequently cited boogeymen of right-wing extremists and the target of bipartisan policies that cut their pay and benefits, government employees are very frequently part of the solution and are leading the way in innovating on new and better ways to work with management and improve services and costs.

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Government Shutdown: 6 More Federal Jobs that Are Vital to America's Families

Photo by Rep. Keith Ellison/Flickr

Last week, we gave you a dozen examples of the vital work that locked-out federal employees are being prevented from doing, thanks to the irresponsible House Republican government shutdown now in its second week. Republican House leaders are still refusing to do the right thing and allow a vote on funding and reopening the government.

Here’s a look at six more of the jobs that shut-down workers—or those still on the job but not getting paid—perform and some of the key government services we all count on that are idled.

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Vectors for Hope Fly-In Supports Flights for Health

Vectors for Hope Fly-In Supports Flights for Health

If you are in Houston this Saturday and have an interest in vintage aircraft or just a desire to help people with serious illnesses get the treatment they need, a group of National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) members in the Houston area have devised a unique event you should check out.

Vectors for Hope—founded by the NATCA members—has organized it first-ever charity fly-in for Saturday, Sept. 28, at David Wayne Hooks Airport. All proceeds will benefit organizations that provide free air transportation to treatment facilities for patients with life-threatening illnesses—Angel Flight South Central, the Houston Ground Angels and Around the World for Life.

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Union Members Play Big Part in Super Bowl Game Plan

Union Members Play Big Part in Super Bowl Game Plan

In New Orleans this Super Bowl week, there are plenty of fans sporting 49ers' red and gold caps and jerseys and Ravens' purple and black gear. But there also are thousands of union members—including many from unions in the Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO (GNO)—who proudly display their union label and are making the game possible and the fan experience in the Crescent City run smoothly.

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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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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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Republicans Use ‘Extortion Tactics’ to Shut Down FAA

The Republican shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has thrown 4,000 FAA employees out of work, and some 70,000 construction workers employed on airport improvement projects can’t go to work because Republicans have blocked funding for the agency and the projects.

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Republican Attack on Workers’ Rights Puts Aviation Safety at Risk

UPDATE: Both the House and Senate adjourned this afternoon without taking action on the FAA bill, ensuring a midnight shutdown. Senate Republicans blocked a move for a temporary extension of the agency’s funding.

At midnight tonight, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is slated to run out of money and be forced to suspend vital operations because House Republicans want to deny aviation and rail workers a simple majority vote—the same process that applies to electing lawmakers—on whether to join a union.

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Here Are the Faces of the Voices that Guide You Home

Steve Wallace is an air traffic controller in Miami with 20 years on the job and as he says in this new video from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA):

I have to be 100 percent, 100 percent of the time.

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Memphis Air Traffic Controllers Honored

The 71 National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) members who staff Memphis International Airport’s tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) have been honored for their outstanding work at the uniquely busy, 24/7 facility that along with normal commercial traffic, serves as the hub for the worldwide cargo operation of FedEx.

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