But everything is removed. They don’t get to decide who can leave and they don’t decide who gets sent to them from the academy. It’s all centralized decisions now.this lacks context. there is also no incentive to keep bodies. The ATM when asked has everything to do with staffing along with the FACREP, both of them had to made the decision pre-ncept to determine what their numbers should be. This was based on positions to be certified on, how much the facility uses those positions, how much overtime was used or not used to staff those positions. so while their day to day decisions might not directly come while thinking of the staffing, historical data on open positions in combination with overtime will provide context on what staffing numbers should be. Also, determines how many scopes shall be maintained by tech ops. Lets say a small facility has 3 physical radar positions which translates to 3 trained positions in the SOP and training order and how the BWS is negotiated each year. They normally combine to one because its slow, and only ever split to one other if its ever busy and hardly ever if at all opens to the 3rd. There can be serious justification to remove that position from tech ops work load and the defined position in the SOP/Training order. it will in effect reduce staffing requirements, training time, overtime needed etc etc. So while their day to day decisions don't involve the staffing numbers they can and will impact the numbers needed down the road at some point maybe even including possible 804. so when a controller doesn't want to split it off or does not come back from break to help, or when a manager says suck it up i don't have the bodies, all of that actually matters.
their bonus DOES NOT come from how much OT they dont spend. this is such horse shit. yes the ATM might not want to fight that battle with their higher ups, its just one more way they dont get noticed, especially if the facility has had 3 near mid airs in the last 6 months, they just might not want to be noticed for going over the OT budget also, in effect making them look like they have it under control. its politics not money saving.
At least at my facility if we got to 100% we’d have 6 hours of breaks a day probably.