FAA appeals IT pay raise ruling by arbitrator

FAA appeals IT pay raise ruling by arbitrator

Although an independent arbitrator ruled in August that the Federal Aviation Administration must give its computer specialists the same pay raise other feds received last November, FAA still disagrees.

Marcia Adams, an FAA spokeswoman, confirmed this week that the agency has appealed the decision to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, based on the 1996 Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act. She said FLRA will have the final say on the issue, 'probably in a couple of months.'

The amount of back pay at issue for the GS-334 computer specialists is not large'$250,000 to $300,000 total, Adams said.

Mike Derby, counsel for the Professional Airway Systems Specialists union that represents several hundred FAA IT workers, said PASS will file its opposition to the appeal soon.

'We strongly disagree with the agency's position,' Derby said.

The arbitrator whose decision FAA is appealing was the joint choice of the agency and the union, he said.

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