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  • #76
    Our union and management work together with our contract. We bid shifts by seniority every six months. Needs change, people need to try other shifts. Or you just have to work your way up thru the seniority. Some people like midnights, some people like other shifts.
    Though their numbers are many, as the grass upon the field, we will count them at the end of the day.


    • #77
      It works that way in the fed often too. Nights fill with volunteers, seniority gets first dibs on which shifts, etc. 1 slot left on grave? everyone on days rotates in every x days to fill the slot. 2 slots? 3? more people rotate at a time to fill the slots.


      • #78
        Good to see they're considering doing something else aside from just telling people to stay awake. This kind of common sense should have been exercised years ago.

        The National Transportation Safety Board hopes air traffic controllers may soon benefit from long-standing research into worker fatigue by implementing strategies that include intentional sleeping on the job, the use of caffeine and other methods shown by science to deal with the overnight shift.

        "A controlled nap can boost performance significantly," said NTSB board member Mark Rosekind at a briefing with reporters Monday at agency headquarters. Citing a 1995 study from NASA that has been backed by other research, he said, "A 26-minute nap improved performance 34% and alertness 54%."

        The study prompted an advisory that has been adopted by some international air carriers to keep pilots more alert in the cockpit. The measures were not moved forward by the Federal Aviation Administration.

        Congressional lawmakers may soon consider legislation reauthorizing the FAA that includes provisions addressing the problem of fatigue. The NTSB's recommendations Monday followed a listening tour of air traffic controllers around the country. The board's advice is issued to federal and other agencies.
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