'You’re Fired' Doesn’t Mean Fired to Four of 10 Air Controllers
John Hughes, Charles Babcock, and Frank Bass
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tried to fire a New Jersey air-traffic controller whose distraction led to a mid-air collision that killed nine people, but federal labor protections saved him from full punishment – just as they insulated over 40% of employees the agency tried to fire over a twenty-month span, according to data obtained by FOIA.
Bloomberg sought ten years of FAA data on disciplinary actions after media reports of workers napping and watching a movie, but the agency said it could only provide data from the start of the 2010 fiscal year, as the data before October 1, 2009 was in a database that was obsolete and “not searchable.”
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