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BILL INTRODUCED TO SAVE JOBS AT BUFFALO AIRPORT

Legislation to block the privatization of 27 ) federal jobs at the flight service center on the north edge of Buffalo Niagara International Airport has been introduced by Reps. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded a $1.9 billion contract to Lockheed Martin to privatize 2,500 air-traffic control specialists and close the Buffalo Flight Service Station, along with 37 others in 32 states. These specialists mainly serve general, or private air travel.

The contract is scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1, with the closing of the flight service stations beginning in the spring of 2006.

The legislation is opposed by President Bush and congressional Republican leaders, who are strongly pushing for privatization of the federal work force.

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