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PATCO will represent local airport workers

January 10, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

Air traffic controllers at the Washington County Regional Airport have selected a Tallahassee, Fla., union to represent them on issues involving pay, benefits and other conditions of employment.

The local airport's controllers held an election with the National Labor Relations Board Friday morning at the airport and a majority of the workers selected the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, according Michael J. Lane, one of the controllers and the bargaining unit representative.

The four air traffic controllers were left without union representation when the Federal Aviation Administration signed a contract with another firm - Robinson-Van Vuren Associates Inc. - to run the airport, Lane said. The airport was turned over to Robinson-Van Vuren Associates in September 1994.

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The local air traffic controllers represent one of six Robinson-Van Vuren-operated air traffic control facilities that have filed petition to have a union election with the National Labor Relations Board, Lane said.

Lane said the local controllers are confident the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization will meet the local group's needs.

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