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Re: Politics

Post by flyingember » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:28 pm

FangKC wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:28 pm
Through privatization, the number of federal jobs has gone down since 1990. Locally it looks like about 6,000 less workers. I assume many of those functions are being done by contractors.
IT is a common one to outsource. There's at least three departments with two agencies in KC that outsource basically all their IT through one contracting company.

Think of how much is reliant on IT to function these days.

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Re: Politics

Post by brewcrew1000 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:57 pm

Doesn't the FAA hold a lot of power in the shutdown, like tomorrow they could say "If this government isn't back up and we are not paid tomorrow we are not working due to the financial stress our employees have" Stress is not a good thing when it comes to an Air Traffic Controller. The entire airspace in the US would come to a complete standstill and it could cause a lot of havoc on our whole economy, the shutdown would probably end the next day.

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Re: Politics

Post by FangKC » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:04 pm

They could go on strike.

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Re: Politics

Post by flyingember » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:16 pm

Air Traffic controller is probably the most powerful to strike because it has a long uptake time to learn the skills, it's highly visible in it's results when it happens and it's already hard to replace people in the position.

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Re: Politics

Post by grovester » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:25 pm

It worked out really well for them last time they went on strike.

https://www.politico.com/story/2008/08/ ... 981-012292

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Re: Politics

Post by phuqueue » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:38 pm

Not sure if PATCO 1981 is a super apt comparison given the unique context here though. Trump would find it politically more difficult to mass-fire federal employees who are striking because they're being forced to work without pay due to a government shutdown that a majority of Americans already blame Trump himself for. If he did it anyway, it would trigger lawsuits that would potentially get into some very interesting questions about labor relations (although I'm not really eager to see the logical contortions Trump's handpicked SCOTUS would engage in to find in favor of the government).

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Re: Politics

Post by grovester » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:30 pm

True, but the shutdown is just a cover to shrink government permanently anyway.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/seni ... al-workers

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Re: Politics

Post by beautyfromashes » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:35 am

There is so much talk about automated cars recently with Tesla and others working in self driving. I’m surprised that airplanes haven’t also seen movement in this direction. This would eliminate pilot cost and allow automated air traffic control systems. The cost would probably be paid for by the extra first class rows you could put where the cockpit is now.

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Re: Politics

Post by flyingember » Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:02 am

beautyfromashes wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:35 am
There is so much talk about automated cars recently with Tesla and others working in self driving. I’m surprised that airplanes haven’t also seen movement in this direction. This would eliminate pilot cost and allow automated air traffic control systems. The cost would probably be paid for by the extra first class rows you could put where the cockpit is now.
Read these articles.

https://www.flightdeckfriend.com/can-a- ... omatically
http://www.askthepilot.com/questionansw ... ion-myths/

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