FAA union sets arbitration date for IT pay raise

FAA union sets arbitration date for IT pay raise

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

MARCH 9'After the Federal Aviation Administration turned down its request for pay increases approved last year for the government's computer specialists, the Professional Airways Systems Specialists union has chosen an arbitrator to hear its grievance.

The binding arbitration hearing will begin around late May, said Mike Derby, general counsel for PASS. At issue are raises as high as 33 percent already given to information technology workers at other agencies [see story at www.gcn.com/vol20_no4/news/3718-1.html].

Derby said the union 'obviously disagrees' with a March 1 letter from Raymond B. Thoman, FAA deputy assistant administrator for employee relations. Thoman's letter told PASS it cannot have the increases without collective bargaining as required by contract.

'We will proceed to binding arbitration,' Derby said, 'and it will take a month or two after the hearing before we get any resolution. There are a lot of disgruntled computer specialists out there.' He said some are preparing to leave FAA.

About 500 computer specialists who work with aviation safety inspectors are involved in the pay dispute. Those who work with air traffic control computers or have jobs titled systems specialists are not part of the union grievance.

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