PASS Member Profile: Tony Williams

Chapter TX1 Vice President Tony Williams and one of his many BBQ trophies.

Tony Williams, PASS Chapter TX1, can tell you a few things about barbeque. After all, he and his wife compete as part of the “Grillas in the Pits” competitive BBQ team. But, with about 30 years of federal government experience, he can also tell you some things about being a part of the federal workforce and the FAA.

“I started off as a radar technician in the U.S. Navy and served for over seven years, including four years on board the USS Saratoga and over two years stationed at Navy Dallas in Grand Prairie, Texas,” he said. Williams, who currently works as a NAS operations manager (NOM) at the systems operations center (SOC) at the Dallas-Fort Worth Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility (D10), has spent his entire FAA career in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. “I have worked at just about every airport in a 50-mile radius.” In his current position, Williams coordinates scheduled facility maintenance and monitors the NAS to coordinate facility restoration as needed.

Williams has been a PASS member or an associate PASS member since 1995 and currently serves as the Chapter TX1 vice president and Dallas-Fort Worth district representative. “I originally joined the union because I thought I had something to offer my coworkers and wanted to make a difference. PASS gave me a voice,” he said. “I believe the union is important because it guarantees the bargaining unit employees a voice in decisions that will have an impact on our lives. PASS assures that my interests are being looked after now and in the future.”

Williams encourages new employees to join PASS, emphasizing that “you have a voice and now is your chance to use it.” He advises establishing a relationship with management that will ensure you have input on all matters involving your facility or district. “Recognize if a relationship is fractured and recognize if it is salvageable,” he said. “Relationships can take on several identities. There can be mutual respect and collaboration, which is by far the preferred relationship. The parties could be cautious and apprehensive; a relationship can be built here but it may take time. And there could be hostility. In this situation, outside assistance is required or everyone loses.”

And, of course, in his spare time, Williams is a BBQ master. He and his wife have won multiple grand champion titles in both BBQ and steak cook-offs and will be competing at the American Royal Kansas City again this year. He also uses his cooking talent to help those in need as a member of Operation BBQ Rescue (OBR). He recently assisted in relief efforts after the fertilizer explosion in West, Texas. “We were the first onsite to feed workers,” he said. “We prepared over 25,000 meals to provide relief for those cleaning up after the disaster.” Williams also does charity work to help raise money for SafeHaven of Tarrant County, an organization that works to end domestic violence, and has raised over $3,000 this year. A sign of a true union member—always looking out for his brothers and sisters at the workplace and throughout the community.

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