IAM Union Urges Swift Confirmation of FAA Administrator Nominee Mike Whitaker

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2023 — The largest U.S. air transport labor union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), issued the following statement supporting President Biden’s nomination of Mike Whitaker to serve as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

“As the largest airline union in the United States, the IAM is confident that Mike Whitaker will put air transport workers at the forefront of decision-making at the FAA,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “I commend Mr. Whitaker for reaching out to the IAM to have meaningful dialogue about the issues facing our more than 100,000 airline members. Together, we are committed to work together to protect air transport workers against passenger assault, address foreign repair station policy, tackle industry understaffing, and more. After a year-and-a-half of delays, we urge the U.S. Senate to move swiftly to confirm Mr. Whitaker as the next administrator of the FAA.”

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is one of North America’s largest and most diverse industrial trade unions, representing approximately 600,000 active and retired members in the aerospace, defense, airlines, railroad, transit, healthcare, automotive, and other industries. 

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