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FAA to send furlough notices to all employees

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association issued a statement saying that the Federal Aviation Administration has informed the labor group that the agency intends to send furlough notices to all employees.

"This means that beginning in a month, there will be fewer air traffic controllers in towers and radar rooms helping our national airspace work," NATCA said in the March 5 statement. "Consequently, fewer flights will be able to take off and land and the traveling public and the many businesses that rely on our air travel system will be impacted by the delays."

NATCA also said that the FAA intends to close many towers around the country "that provide critically important safety and efficiency services to aviation..."

Like other labor groups, NATCA is urging Congress to find an alternative to the across-the-board cuts mandated by sequestration. The union represents more than 20,000 air traffic controllers, traffic manager coordinators, FAA engineers, and other air safety professionals.

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