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FAA Head of Labor Relations Resigns

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FOX Business Network has confirmed the resignation of David Feder, Director, Labor and Employee Relations, Federal Aviation Administration after only six months on the job.

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The shocking email obtained by FOX Business was sent to FAA employees and alleges FAA management may be violating the law when it negotiates contracts with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in order to appease the union. Feder was unavailable for comment.  An FAA source who wishes to remain anonymous says FAA management knows, “…they are breaking the law.”

Earlier this month the FAA's Vice President of Safety and Technical Training, Joseph Teixeira resigned effective August 30th following the FOX Business Network investigation Trouble in the Skies which exposed corruption and misconduct in the hiring of FAA air traffic controllers.  

The FAA has refused to comment on the growing scandal since May 11th and today FAA media specialist Laura Brown refused to answer questions posed by FOX Business without explanation when she hung up the phone on correspondent Adam Shapiro.

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Feder’s email is critical of FAA managers like Teri Bristol who was Teixeira’s supervisor and says that he warned FAA officers how to comply with federal labor law in its negotiations with NATCA.  He writes, “I advised, advocated and believe the FAA must bring the new 2016 NATCA contract into full compliance with the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, and that the FAA must at all times act consistent with the Statute.”  FOX Business reached out to Teri Bristol for comment.  She has not returned several phone calls or emails.  Feder’s email reads like an indictment of FAA management who disagreed with his recommendation, “The FAA political and career leadership disagrees.  The FAA is of the view that it is proper to knowingly continue contract terms that are inconsistent with the Statute into future contracts in order to appease NATCA and to avoid NATCA opposition to FAA initiatives.” 

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Fox Business reached out to NATCA spokesman Doug Church but has not received comment at the time of publication. NATCA originally opposed FAA hiring changes brought to light by FOX Business which lowered the standards for air traffic control recruits. However NATCA remained silent in 2014 as those changes were implemented and only demanded an investigation after the FOX Business report prompted Congress to demand an investigation.

To:  Employees of the FAA Office of Labor and Employee Relations

From:  Dave Feder  

It is with sadness that I announce that I have resigned from my new position as Director, Labor and Employee Relations at FAA.  I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with you during my 6 month tenure, and I appreciate your hard work and dedication.
To dispel any rumors about why I resigned, it is simply a matter of a wide difference of opinion with the FAA leadership over how to conduct labor relations with NATCA.  I advised, advocated and believe that the FAA must bring the new 2016 NATCA contract into full compliance with the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, and that the FAA must at all times act consistent with the Statute.  The FAA political and career leadership disagrees.  The FAA is of the view that it is proper to knowingly continue contract terms that are inconsistent with the Statute into future contracts, in order to appease NATCA and to avoid NATCA opposition to FAA initiatives.  After 27 years of prosecuting Federal agencies and unions for violating the Statute and after 13 years of advising Federal agencies on how to comply with the Statute, I was not going to be complicit in intentionally acting inconsistent with that same Statute. Hence, I had no choice but to resign.    

I wish you all well professionally and personally.

 

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