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ALPA BACKS CLINTON'S PLAN TO REHIRE FIRED AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) today welcomed President Clinton's recent announcement that the hiring ban imposed on air traffic controllers fired during the PATCO strike was over. "It's time that we put the unfortunate events surrounding the strike behind. The employment ban far exceeded the bounds of any reasonable punishment for the participants of the strike," said ALPA President J. Randolph Babbitt.
 The firing affected more than 11,000 air traffic controllers, all of whom have been ineligible for employment with the FAA since the strike in 1981. ALPA has strongly supported legislative efforts to allow the strikers to return to work. Despite bipartisan congressional support to lift the ban, past administrations have continued to keep PATCO members from working at ATC facilities.
 The former controllers will be able to achieve full performance level qualifications much more quickly than a new hire, which should help alleviate the chronic understaffing at many ATC facilities, ALPA said.
 "The past two administrations bowed to the pressures of anti-labor ideologues who put their own political interests above basic aviation safety. I am pleased that the fired workers will again be allowed to seek employment with the FAA and I applaud President Clinton for his actions," Babbitt added. "It's great to see a president who cares about improving the labor/management relations in this country, instead of mean-spirited attempts at divisiveness concocted by right-wing think tanks."
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 /CONTACT: David Mallino of the Air Line Pilots Association, 202-797-4060/


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