Natca endorses Obama for President

 - July 7, 2008, 6:24 AM

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) in mid-June endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president. According to the controllers union, Obama is “a champion of fair collective bargaining rights for controllers [and] a fierce advocate for aviation safety and holding the FAA accountable.” Two years ago, Obama introduced the FAA Fair Labor Management Dispute Resolution Act of 2006, which would have required neutral binding arbitration in the case of an impasse in labor-management negotiations. The bill did not pass, but Obama’s prediction of an unhappy ATC workforce was correct. Natca president Patrick Forrey said, “We need a president who will once again demand accountability and fairness in the FAA [and] restore collaboration with controllers…Senator Obama will be that president.”