NATCA's Battle Far From Over Says Carr
Well, John Carr, the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, has never been lost for words but he was in rare form last Thursday when we caught him, on his cellphone, on a Washington, D.C., freeway, for our Friday podcast. It was about 12 hours after a vote on a bill in the House of Representatives to send NATCA and the FAA back to the bargaining table missed the necessary two-thirds majority by eight votes and Carr told AVweb that the defeat was a setback in a battle that will continue indefinitely as far as he's concerned. "We will fight it every day, every week and every month until we overturn it," he said. Carr isn't detailing the union's strategy but he did say that NATCA is considering legislative and legal action and, of course, the court of public opinion, in its fight. The cleanest and ultimately most effective would be to convince Congress of the rightness of its cause and it seems logical that will consume much of NATCA's energy in coming months. "Hope springs eternal," Carr said. "There are lots of legislative strategies available."