US FAA begins negotiations with the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn. on a new contract next week. Yesterday, in a conference call with reporters, Administrator Marion Blakey said the agency "cannot afford an agreement like 1998 that saddled the FAA with excessive costs, archaic work rules and restrictions on our ability to modernize the system." She claimed that as a result of the current contract, negotiated during the Clinton Administration in 1998, controller compensation ...

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