Union Says 300 Controllers Affected By Mold
Construction workers who walked off the job at (ZTL) the Atlanta
Air Route Traffic Control Center in Hampton, GA were back on the
job Friday. Contractors walked off the site two weeks ago, when
mold was discovered at the center, as reported by ANN.
An FAA official told Atlanta's FOX-5 news steps have been taken
to improve conditions at the center for controllers, as
well as for the contractors tasked with overhauling the facility's
Air traffic controllers at the Hampton center, one of the
busiest in the nation, reported the facility's leaking roof was
creating a damp condition inviting the mold... and making employees
"Specifically, there is a fungus called Scopulariopsis in the
control room. Spores from this fungal source are being dispersed
through the air. Fungal samples were taken at the facility on Sept.
20 by Analytical Environmental. According to NATCA Atlanta Center
Facility Representative Calvin Phillips, approximately half of the
more than 300 controllers in the facility have suffered various
degrees of health problems over a prolonged period of time,"
according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association
NATCA adds "the nation's busiest air traffic control facility is
currently the site of a dangerous mold and fungus infestation," on
According to FOX 5, controllers were forced to sit at their
consoles as water dripped through the ceiling, forcing them to use
umbrellas while on the job. Air traffic controllers notified the
television station of a response of how the mold concerns were
being handled at the Atlanta center.
"The FAA has not shown one ounce of remorse for destroying the
health of its employees. They view this as a liability issue and
are trying to mitigate the damages," Phillips said. "These
employees have had to use the sick leave they have earned because
the building they work in is a health hazard. Then the FAA punishes
these employees for being sick. The FAA has no respect for its
employees. We feel like we work in a federal sweat shop."
According to the report the Georgia Congressional Delegation
looked into the complaint and sent a letter to the National
Transportation Safety Board, asking the FAA to clean up what they
call "unacceptably poor working conditions."