For Immediate Release
Contact: Kori Blalock Keller  (202) 293-7277
February 14, 2013


WASHINGTON, DC – On the 36th anniversary of the formation of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the oldest Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) union and exclusive representative for aviation safety inspectors and systems specialists, PASS President Mike Perrone released the following statement:

“Ever since gathering in Chicago 36 years ago, PASS has dedicated itself to protecting and promoting aviation safety. PASS has had its share of victories and challenges, great times and difficult moments, but through it all, the solidarity and spirit of camaraderie that led the PASS founders to gather in Chicago has remained strong.

“As we celebrate our members today, we remain motivated and committed to ensuring the best for our workforce. Now more than ever, PASS will continue to fight to protect FAA employees, who have been withstanding a seemingly never-ending barrage of attacks aimed at the pay and benefits of federal employees.

“PASS members are dedicated safety professionals focused on protecting this country’s aviation system. On this day, and always, we commend their commitment to ensuring the safety of the flying public.”



For 36 years, PASS has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures and perform quality analyses of the aviation systems.  For more information, visit the PASS website at

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