"Any meal run outside the Denver (air traffic control tower) shall require the use of leave," according to the memo, signed by FAA tower manager Robert Fletcher.
defended the government's decision to confine controllers to the tower.Air traffic managers and many other government employees work 8.5-
hour days with the unpaid meal break time, he
The ruling by FAA
management is a "return to compliance" with labor-contract language that says controllers work an eight-hour day, Fletcher
"We compensate them to be on-site and immediately recallable."Controllers are "getting paid to eat," he
The rules on confinement affect controllers nationwide.Fletcher
said FAA tower managers are accommodating the needs of controllers by offering to haul bulk supplies of drinks that employees want to bring to work.
"There is no lack of liquid refreshment in the tower at any time due to management's ability to transport liquids," Fletcher
said.The setup is much like food- supply companies that stock Concourse C's restaurants, he
In some cases, controllers who want to bring a lunch or dinner of say, beef stew, can ask their manager to drive from the concourse and pick up the food for transport to the tower, Fletcher