Well no doubt I have read what some of you guys are talking about.
However, if the FAA has completely turned upside down in the past 2 years, then why do you guys think this is suddenly permanent? The next 2 years could hold something entirely different...
If this administrator is not willing to admit mistakes, then the next one could... (plus the next administrator could just 'blame' the previous one, thereby avoiding any 'mistakes')
At my current job, when I hired out, I was on a payscale that is 75% of all the older employers. However one month after I checked out on the railroad, a new contract was enacted that boosted my pay to 100%. I'm not saying this will happen for ATC, but to say the current situation is permanent... that's also doubtful.
all i can say is get hired and enjoy the show, you folks will never never never see the old pay, it may get better but itll take more than a few years , it took ZAU 10 years after the strike to get back to normal and that was the days when they were throwing money at us to get it fixed.
do you think that by the time you check there will even be another contract? we dont have one now and if the wording in the 1996 FAA reform bill is not changed you will have the same thing in 2011.thats if the FFA dose not get its way in contracting out ATC services. dont think it will happen than talk to the FSS guys and gals that got totally screwed, like say good by to that safe goverment retirement, GONE.
my advise is be happy with the pay and work rules because untill the FFA is FORCED to change them this is all you get from them, remember they are going to congress and telling them that they are haveing no problem finding people to work for 30 to 40 % less money and crappy work rules.
dont think iam trying to talk any one out of this, i really dont care if you folks take the job or not, i no longer have a dog in this fight. in 260 day ill be on the never ending day off with pay.just dont get you hopes up and you will be happy.the sad part is that ill be makeing more in retirement as a ATC12 than a nubee ATC12 will ever make working.