December 1, 1981

There has been no change in the President's fundamental position regarding air traffic controllers.

The President suggested to the Teamsters leaders today that he was considering the question of whether or not the controllers who have been fired should continue to be barred from any Federal employment for a 3-year period, as is currently the case. Before making any decision, the President wishes to confer with the Secretary of Transportation.

The President emphasized in the meeting this morning: ``Our first responsibility is to the controllers who stayed on the job, working long hours to keep the planes flying safely.''

Note: The President met with members of the general board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at 10:45 a.m. in the Cabinet Room at the White House.