by John P. Suter
September 21, 2004
Airlines employees and their contractors
have a law (www.faa.gov/avr/afs/whistleblower/) that
protects them when they speak out on aviation safety/security
issues. I would note that local government (city, county,
state and municipality) airport maintenance employees who work
at America's 450 FAA towered airports do not have this protection.
If they are caught speaking out on such issues they can be retaliated
against for doing so. What can be done so that local government
airport maintenance workers can have the same protection as airline
employees is to contact the Congress to put in an amendment that
would include them in this law. In doing so, this would
protect them from retaliation. Without this protection
local government airport maintenance employees will be afraid
to report any unsecured doors, gates or other potential safety
Some of the congressional representatives
that you could contact that are in position to put in this amendment
Congressman Don Young - Transportation
House or Representatives
2111 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515-0201
Phone: 202-225-5765, Fax: 202-225-0425
Senator Ted Stevens - Aviation
United States Senate 522 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510-0201
Phone: 202-224-3004, Fax 202-224-2354
Senator Lisa Murkowski who
personally told me she could do it and will look into it could
use some encouragement.
Senator Lisa Murkowski
United States Senate 322 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510-0202
Phone: 202-224-6665, Fax 202-224-5301.
Thank you for your prompt
and courteous attention.
John P. Suter
Chugiak, AK - USA
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