Furloughed FAA Workers Demand Congress Pass Authorization Bill

Thursday, August 04, 2011

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With Congress at an impasse over an authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Authority, the agency is partially shutdown, leaving about 4,000 FAA workers indefinitely furloughed. They have already gone one two-week pay period without receiving a paycheck — and that could last until September if Congress does not come to an agreement soon. 

Dan Stefko, president of the Eastern Region Engineers & Architects, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, tells us how the furlough is affecting F.A.A. workers.

Guests:

Dan Stefko

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [3]

John Jones from Pittsburgh

A discussion on your show this morning pertained to the limbo situation of the FAA. As I heard the conversation it seems as though approximately $30 million per day is being lost to the FAA because congress failed to act. Apparently this money was collected (maybe still is being collected) by the sale of airline tickets, a portion of which was funding the needs of the FAA. My question is, “What is happening to this money that is still being collected (if it is being collected), and if it isn’t being collected are the airlines lowering their ticket prices by the amount of the ‘transfer tax’”?

The way things generally work the airlines would not lower their ticket prices and would thus realize a substantial windfall profit. $30 million per day is a large incentive to not resolve this mess. The situation has a definite stink that goes along with corruption. Perhaps you could look into this.

Aug. 04 2011 12:16 PM
RUDOLPH from NEW YORK

YOU MENTIONED HOW ACCUMULATED BACK PAY FOR FURLOUGH FAA WORKERS MIGHT BE A NICE SURPRISE IN SEPT.--PLEASE NOTE: CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ARE PER DIEM EMPLOYEES--IF YOU DON'T WORK YOU DON'T GET PAID--YOUR JOB OR POSITION MIGHT NOT EVEN BE THERE IN SEPT--YOUR PRESENT EMPLOYER COULD SET UP A NEW WORK LIST WITHOUT YOU--THIS IS A BITTER FAILURE IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT--THIS IS MORE THAN A SHAME--THIS IS A CRIME

Aug. 04 2011 11:25 AM
listener

Should the role of the US Senate and other players be included in this discussion as the NY Times article highlighted? Were questionable federal subsidies to a few underused rural airports deliberately baked into larger agreement impacting workers nationwide?

Aug. 04 2011 10:08 AM

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