Connecticut Aviation Workers to Discuss Shutdown Issues

Aviation safety specialists are voicing their concerns about the impact of the partial federal government shutdown, despite a decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to recall some furloughed engineers, inspectors and safety staff.

The New England chapter of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union and the AFL-CIO planned an informational picket on Tuesday at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks to highlight possible safety issues due to the shutdown.

Mark Dunlap, PASS New England Chapter NG3 president, said there are about 130 aviation safety workers from his union in New England. Most are inspectors and most, if not all, have been furloughed.

An FAA statement released on Monday night said more than 800 workers, including safety inspectors, were being recalled across the country. It was unclear how many work in New England.

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