FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 7, 2013
Union leaders look forward to working with Michael Huerta to meet upcoming challenges
WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees congratulates Michael Huerta on his recent confirmation to lead the Federal Aviation Administration. The 112thCongress confirmed Huerta on Jan. 1, just before the congressional session expired.
Huerta has served as FAA’s Acting Administrator since December 2011. During this time, he has successfully managed FAA’s workforce of 47,000 employees during a trying period of budget shortfalls and hiring freezes.
“On behalf of all of the members we represent at AFGE, I congratulate Mr. Huerta for his well-deserved appointment and I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead to ensure a positive work environment for all of FAA’s employees,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.
AFGE’s largest concentration of FAA employees is at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, where about 1,400 employees work. AFGE Local 2282 President Greg Brooks, who is co-chair of the FAA Labor-Management Forum, said his Local has developed an open and professional relationship with Huerta that he looks forward to continuing.
“The newly confirmed Administrator has proven to us that he is willing to listen to our concerns and will work on outcomes based on solutions, not delusions,” Brooks said.
AFGE also represents about 360 bargaining unit employees at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, which is housed at the Atlantic City International Airport. AFGE Local 200 President Gary Baca said employees there look forward to working with Huerta during the next five years.
“I’ve only been in this position less than six months but, in this short period of time and serving as a charter member on the Labor-Management Forum, I’ve recognized Administrator Huerta’s commitment and dedication to the aviation industry and the people who work for FAA,” Baca said.
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