FAA/NATCA Now Wrangle For Popular Opinion
"NATCA has shown significant movement at the table," Carr said. "We proposed $1.4 billion in concessions, and we are still willing to get back to the table and work on our proposal and theirs, continuing to negotiate in good faith to secure a voluntary agreement." Basye said NATCA "has shown no willingness to meet in the middle. We are still $600 million apart on the wage issue, and their work-rule proposals are outrageous." In its 62-page submission to Congress,, the FAA details each of its proposals and the union's objections, from pay scale, overtime, and annual-leave issues to dress-code disputes. NATCA described the FAA document as "a collection of revisionist history, misrepresentation, finger pointing and contempt for the role of the Legislative branch." For example, NATCA says, the FAA "...falsely states that controllers currently receive pay raises that are larger on a percentage basis than other federal government employees. The FAA is well aware that this is an incorrect statement."