FAA Administrator Marion Blakey on Monday asked for federal mediation of the ongoing contract negotiations between the agency and its controller workforce, represented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn., charging that the two sides remain far apart on a new agreement. But NATCA said talks are showing progress. Both sides must agree to mediation. FAA claims that NATCA's contract proposal will raise average total compensation for controllers to more than $200,000 within four ...

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