THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
STATEMENT BY VICE PRESIDENT GORE ON AGREEMENT BETWEEN FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AND NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS ASSOCIATION
The President and I commend the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) for coming together on this historic agreement, which will enable us to improve the safety of air travel for all Americans.
The agreement also will boost air safety by ensuring that compensation for controllers accurately reflects the rigors of controlling airplanes at the specific airports at which they work; creating smaller controller-to-supervisor ratios; and providing incentives for the FAA and facilities to improve safety and efficiency.
With the help of the world's best controllers, this agreement will enable the FAA and the controllers to handle the growth in air traffic.
We commend FAA Administrator Jane Garvey and NATCA President Mike McNally for quickly reaching this new partnership agreement.