This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Monday, May 16, 2011


May 20, 1927:
Charles Lindbergh piloted the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

May 17, 1987 — Equipment modernization: The FAA begins using the Aircraft Situation Display at its Central Flow Control Facility in Washington, D.C. The equipment provides a real-time visual display of all aircraft flying IFR in the nation.

May 20, 1991 — Controller benefits: NATCA and the FAA reach agreement on alternative work schedules, which enable controllers to complete an 80-hour work period in less than 10 days.

May 19-22, 2002 — NATCA Lobby Week: The Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill is slated to serve as the host hotel.


The first labor bank opens in Washington, D.C., launched by officers of the Machinists. The Locomotive Engineers opened a bank in Cleveland later that year.

1938: U.S. Supreme Court issues Mackay decision, which permits the permanent replacement of striking workers. The decision had little impact until Ronald Regan’s replacement of striking air traffic controllers (PATCO) in 1981, a move that signaled antiunion private sector employers that it was OK to do likewise.

1950: Atlanta transit workers, objecting to a new city requirement that they be fingerprinted as part of the employment process, go on strike. They relented and returned to work six months later.