AFGE points out that the average air traffic controller working for the FAA receives an annual salary of $86,511, as a result of legislation which authorizes the negotiations of pay, while the average salary for DoD controllers is $51,869 under the General Schedule pay scale.
"This pay imbalance warrants, at a minimum, a 30 percent system-wide salary increase for DoD air traffic controllers," Harnage added. "While this will not achieve immediate pay parity, it will dramatically improve morale, productivity, and safety throughout the system."
Harnage vowed to continue the union's pursuit of a permanent legislative remedy to ensure pay parity on a permanent basis.
The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. AFGE represents some 800 DoD air traffic controllers. To learn more about AFGE, visit www.afge.org.