On June 26, National Air Carrier Association President and CEO George Novak sent a letter to House Homeland Security Committee Chair Mark Green (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) urging them to reconsider proposed pay cuts to critical Transportation Security Administration employees.
“I implore you to reconsider the proposed pay cuts and take the necessary steps to preserve the recent pay raises that were rightfully approved for the entire TSA workforce,” the letter stated. “The requested funding of approximately $300 million to maintain pay levels for the entirety of the TSA workforce in fiscal year 2024 is a modest investment to ensure fairness and retain the invaluable expertise within the agency.”
The House fiscal 2024 Homeland Security funding bill includes language that would impose pay cuts on approximately 20 percent of a certain class of TSA employees. These individuals include air marshals, K-9 handlers, bomb technicians, and TSA employees based in the agency’s Springfield, Va., headquarters, which would face a significant reduction in their pay despite the recent approval of pay raises for the entire TSA workforce.
“It is disheartening to learn that these employees, who play crucial roles in ensuring the safety and security of our transportation systems, would be subjected to such discriminating treatment,” the letter said.