FAA employees would get back pay under new bill

The Federal Aviation Administration employees furloughed for about two weeks when Congress failed to approve a funding extension for the agency would get paid for their involuntary time off under a bill introduced Aug. 9 by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.).

The Furloughed FAA Employees Compensation Act  would provide the Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood the authority to pay the salaries and benefits of about 4,000 feds who were furloughed during a partial FAA shutdown that began July 23. Congress passed and the president signed a bill that ended the shutdown on Aug. 5.

“For the past two weeks, it was important to get these workers back on the job,” said LoBiondo. “Now my focus is to get them back pay and to ensure this avoidable situation never happens again.”

The proposal, which would draw funding for the back pay from the Aviation Trust Fund, also had the support of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.), according to LoBiondo’s office. Other co-sponsors of the bill include Reps. Peter King (R-N.Y.), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.).

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Reader comments

Wed, Aug 10, 2011

As sympathetic as I am to the government and contractor grunt level workers, this is a bad idea. Stupidity should be painful. Preferably to the people committing the stupidity, but if not them, to a group of people who will remember who wronged them, and exact cold vengence come election day.

Wed, Aug 10, 2011

More frivoulous spending by Congress. We don't need anyone regulating the airlines and airports. Those corporations know the best way to do what they want to do. We can trust them. And they can do it best with no unions, minimum wage or worker/public safety regulations.

Wed, Aug 10, 2011

If we really want to make this fair - all Congressmen and women should have to pay out of their own personal pockets for all workers displaced by their stupidity and inability to do the right thing - like their job!!!!!!

Wed, Aug 10, 2011 Paul Washington, DC

As a furloughed FAA employee, I would be grateful to receive back pay. However, most of my support contractor team also suffered at least a week of unpaid time off. Who will make them whole? What about the 70,000 construction workers idled by congressional posturing and ineptitude? Most of the FAA cafeteria staff (contractors) were laid off during the furlough. Can I look them in the eye and say all is fair?

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