NATCA has endorsed a privatization of FAA Air Traffic Control. I don’t understand it; I don’t think it has the controller workforce’s best interests at heart. I don’t think this is good for a controller’s career or family.
In previous posts, we’ve examined:
- how the NATCA-endorsed privatized ATC system might have responded on 9-11
- how NATCA’s priorities in Privatization are distinctly different from a controller’s
- The macroeconomics of privatization, and who benefits from NATCA’s endorsement of privatization
- NextGen’s unspeakable truth, and Chuck Schumer’s investment in NextGen
and there’s been a lot of information and maybe some perspective. But at the end of the day, NATCA has endorsed privatizing the FAA controller workforce – and what can you do about that?
There are specific action steps you can take:
- Communicate. Write to your members of Congress and tell them why privatizing the ATC facilities in their districts is 1 bad policy with unforeseen implications that will reduce the safety of the flying public and 2 reduce Congressional oversight of this inherently governmental function.
- Organize. Find out if your facility Rep supports the Privatization endorsement. 3 Make sure your Rep knows that you intend that the next FacRep election will choose somebody who rejects Privatization. 4 Let your RVP know the same thing. If they haven’t taken a position on Privatization, or if they’re in wait-and-see mode about your career status, they’re not focusing on the most important things.
- Change NATCA. Everybody gets to make a mistake. 5A Let the National Office know that they’ve made a mistake and you want to see a correction. 5B If they don’t reverse, elect a non-Privatization slate at the next Convention and Election.
- Be the change. You can sit and gripe, or you can 6step up and make changes, which will be inconvenient, take up your time, and ensure your family’s future with the secure career you thought you had. 7 Be the Anti-Privatization FacRep. Be the Anti-Privatization RVP.
- 8 Do not quit the Union. Organized labor is a great thing; your career rides on the back of decades of struggle. Don’t jump ship over an important disagreement. Don’t take your voice out of the Union.
- 9 Remember who did this to you. Never forget.