Some 100 aviation technical systems specialists employed at the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) three largest regional offices voted yesterday to join the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA).
The employees work at the FAA air traffic organization’s service centers in Atlanta; Fort Worth, Texas; and Seattle. They are mainly responsible for planning and budgeting. They are performing work that was previously done by other NATCA bargaining units, including staff specialists and engineers and architects.
The election marks the latest effort by NATCA to organize non-air traffic controller FAA aviation safety professionals who currently do not have representation or a collective voice in their workplace.