Largest Airline Workers Union Says Phil Washington is the Leader FAA Needs to Ensure Safety, Competitiveness

March 10, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) – the largest airline workers union in the United States – underscored their support for Phil Washington to be the next FAA Administrator, calling him “exactly the leader that the FAA needs as it navigates the increasingly complex issues facing our national airspace.” TWU represents nearly every class and craft of worker across 17 airlines and several airline contractors. 

“Our members include flight attendants, ground service workers, mechanics, dispatchers, pilot simulator instructors, and other frontline workers whose safety and careers are under FAA’s oversight,” wrote TWU International President John Samuelson in a letter to Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “It is essential that the next FAA administrator prioritize the needs of these professionals as they manage an agency in transition.”

“Phil Washington is a proven leader who will serve with honor and distinction. His record of accomplishment as a public administrator speaks for itself,” the letter continued. “The TWU is proud to support Mr. Washington…and we hope the Committee will move swiftly to approve his nomination.”

Read the letter here.