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Old 09-06-2006, 06:52 AM
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September 4, 2006
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By Russ Niles, Newswriter, Editor

If your clearances are a little clipped, your handoffs a little brisk, it could be the controller working your flight is a little hot under the collar -- the collar he or she likely now has to wear while at work. Now, it's hard to tell if the agency was sending a message to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) or whether senior brass were oblivious to organized labor's affinity for this particular statutory holiday but the FAA's choice to impose hated new work rules on the Labor Day weekend was not lost on the union. "It's like getting fired on Christmas. It's the worst, punch-in-the-gut blow to the morale of this workforce imaginable," said NATCA President Pat Forrey. "But our position is very simple: We do not consider the imposed work rules [which include a dress code] to be valid because they were not negotiated and have not been ratified by the NATCA membership." Forrey took over the president's post from John Carr on Sept. 1, about three months after the FAA imposed a contract on the union, ending almost a year of, at times, acrimonious negotiations. The union has vowed to fight the imposed contract but for now, at least, will have to live with it.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:27 AM
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It's stupid for controllers to wear ties. Who cares? Who sees? What do the females wear? I don't think pilots should have to wear ties. What does hanging a piece of cloth around your neck do for fashion? Professionalism? Uniform designs are centuries old, this is the 21st century.

On the other hand, the employer sets the dress code, not the union. The union has little or nothing to say about it.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:40 AM
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I hate ties. It may be because of my big fat neck but anyway I've been trying to get rid of them and the hat. Cruise ship crews don't wear ties and yet everyone seems to be able to identify the crew. Do you see military officers wearing ties? Maybe we should attack this as a security issue. At least everyone should wear a clip-on.
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