Pilots file suit to stop controller furloughs

Pilots and an airline group have filed a lawsuit to stop the federal government from cutting work hours for air traffic controllers, saying the furloughs will lead to travel delays of up to an hour across the country. A report in the Los Angeles Times notes that the lawsuit asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to prevent job furloughs called for under sequestration. The report quotes Nicholas E. Calio, president and chief executive of Airlines for America, as saying: “The FAA plan is irresponsible and unnecessary.”

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  1. larry maynard says

    We all know what this is all about. Inflicting as much pain as possible on the public in order to keep taxing and spending. The FAA knows how to cut without doing this but they have been given their marching orders from the White House. After all, the cuts from sequestration that Obama engineered in the first place are only a cut in the increase in spending. When will the public wake up to the fact that the average federal salary is over $80k per year! Think of all of the clerks that are in the federal govt and you have an idea of how high this figure actually is. I’m a retired federal employee and where I worked we had folks without a college degree doing clerical work that made $60k per year. Yet, they thought it wasn’t enough. At some point we have to stop this nonsense and in my opinion the day is now.

  2. says

    Nicholas E. Calio, president and chief executive of Airlines for America, as saying: “The FAA plan is irresponsible and unnecessary.”Was this also irresponsible and unnecessary? President Ronald Reagan in 1981 fired more than 11,000 air traffic controllers The sweeping mass firing of federal employees slowed commercial air travel, but it did not cripple the system.

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