This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Thursday, October 20, 2011


October 22, 1984 — Petition filed for union formation: AFGE files a petition for a representational election for AATCC New England. More than 40 percent of controllers have signed petition cards calling for the election.

The FLRA holds hearings on AATCC’s petition November 27-30. The FAA challenges the proposed union on the grounds that it is regional rather than national and includes data systems specialists (this class of workers were included in PATCO’s bargaining unit). A regional FLRA director rules in AATCC’s favor, but the FAA appeals. In September 1985, the full FLRA overturns its original decision and stipulates a national bargaining unit.

October 19, 1990 — NATCA membership: An initiation fee takes effect after a summer-long organizing drive in which more than 2,000 controllers join NATCA, bringing membership to about 10,600—or more than 70 percent of the work force. In May, a fifteen-member National Organizing Committee, headed by Rick Woolbright of Atlanta Center, was formed to direct the effort. The new fee is equal to one year of dues at the member’s base pay scale.


1950: "Salt of the Earth" strike begins by the mostly Mexican-American members of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local 890 in Bayard, N.M. Strikers' wives walked picket lines for seven months when their men were enjoined during the 14-month strike against the New Jersey Zinc Co.

1939: 58,000 Chrysler Corp. workers strike for wage increases.