This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Thursday, October 21, 2010


October 1993 — NATCA logo trademarked: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issues a full federal registration for the NATCA logo, with its distinctive control tower and radar sweep. As a result of some issues with the logo, the union re-files its petition for registration in 2001.

October 30, 1998 — NATCA on Capitol Hill: President Mike McNally and Rick White, union representative on the STARS modernization program, testify before the Transportation Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. They say that, until recently, controllers were not consulted on the program and that the equipment is not suited to the way TRACON controllers do their job.

       The Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System consists of color monitors, similar to the DSR displays in the en route centers, which will replace aging radar scopes.

October 26, 2000 — NATCA organizing: The FLRA certifies NATCA as the exclusive bargaining representative for Hawaii air traffic specialists and the Hawaii Air Guard. This is the fifteenth and last new bargaining unit organized by the union during the calendar year.

      NATCA now represents 15,000 controllers, of whom 80 percent are union members, and nearly 4,000 other FAA employees, whose membership percentage varies.


1648: The "Shoemakers of Boston" - the first labor organization in what would later become the United States - was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1911: New York City agrees to pay women school teachers a rate equal to that of men.