This Week’s News and Notes
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ranking Member Costello Honors NATCA’s Anniversary

NATCA was honored this week to read the following comments from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Jerry Costello, D-Ill., in the Congressional Record:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 25th anniversary of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

“Since its establishment in 1987, NATCA has been a fierce advocate for its members and has been a strong proponent for aviation jobs, continuously working for improved working conditions and opportunities in the field for over 20,000 controllers, engineers and other safety professionals.

“It is no easy task to manage the most complex airspace system in the world, but with diligent professionalism and outstanding quality, NATCA has been working for a quarter of a century to keep us all protected. It is because of their unwavering commitment to aviation safety that over 700 million passengers a year arrive safely at their destinations.

"I congratulate all the professionals at NATCA for their 25 years of hard work. We look forward to many more years of safety in the skies.”

More 25th Anniversary Congratulations, from Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is running for Congress in New Mexico’s First District, congratulated NATCA by posting these comments on her Web site:

“Happy 25th Anniversary NATCA! I’d like to thank the men and women of the NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS ASSOCIATION for keeping our skies safe. It is because of your major contributions of professionalism, commitment, and high standards that we are able to use air transportation the way we do today. Because of you, we can rest easy knowing that our friends and family will come home to us. Thank you!”

Want to Opt Out of Receiving Printed Version of Newsletter at Home?

There are now two ways to opt out of receiving the printed version of NATCA’s quarterly newsletter, the Air Traffic Controller:

1. Go to the NATCA Members Portal at, log in, and simply UNCHECK the box where it indicates, “receive newsletter.”

2. Call the National Office at 800-266-0895 or 202-628-5451 and ask to speak with a Support Staff Specialist, who can update your listing in the membership database.

Please Help Us Identify Members in VLTP

We have added a database of NATCA members currently in the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) to our Web site. To reach that page, please click HERE. If you are in the program and would like to be added to the database, please email Director of Communications Doug Church (

One of the members on the list is Cynthia Foster (DWH, Southwest Region). Cynthia has been battling cancer for a number of years and it has recently spread to her brain. She is approximately 250 hours away from retirement. She will also be a 25-year employee at the same time.

Please consider a leave donation for our brothers and sisters in need.

Discounts Available at Two Ohio Amusement Parks

For members in Ohio and the Great Lakes Region, or for anyone planning a vacation to those areas this summer, a NATCA member from Indianapolis Center, John Pierce, has worked to get discounts at two popular amusement parks:

— Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio):
— Kings Island (Mason, Ohio):; promo code: kinatca

Need Help Getting Your Membership Number?

NATCA has added a new feature to the Membership Portal that can help you locate your membership number. Simply answer a few questions and your NATCA membership number will be instantly generated.

Visit and click on the link. Since your NATCA membership number is required, this should make accessing the Membership Portal itself easier, as your NATCA membership number is required. If you have any questions, please contact New England Region RVP Mike Robicheau at

Benefits/Retirement Seminars

Here is an updated list of scheduled benefits/retirement seminars through the end of the year:

August 13 - Kansas City, Mo.
August 17 - Chicago/ Aurora, Ill.
September 7 - Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas
September 11 - Denver/Longmont, Colo.
September 13 - Albuquerque
September 15 - Palmdale, Calif.
September 24 - Anchorage
October 5 - Huntsville, Ala.
November 7 - Detroit/Romulus, Mich.
Nov. 16 - Cleveland
Nov. 30 - Indianapolis
Dec. 7 - Atlanta/Peachtree City, Ga.
Dec. 11 - Hauppauge/Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

We now have a new and improved process for retirement seminar registration.

When you want to register for one of the above referenced seminars, please do so by signing on to the NATCA Portal:

Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the "My Profile" tab.

To register for a seminar, click the "Events" tab. Then click "2012 Retirement Seminars-Membership Registration." Complete the requested information and hit "Next." When you come to the screen listing the seminars, click on the box next to the one you wish to attend, hit "Next," verify your requested seminar information and then click on the "Done" key. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

For the guide, “Understanding your NATCA Federal Benefits Package,” please visit this Web site: If you attempt to register for a seminar on this site, it will automatically lead you to the NATCA Portal.

If you have any questions regarding these events, registration process – or would like to have a retirement seminar take place in your area - please contact Sallie Sullivan at NATCA’s National Office by either emailing her at or calling 202-220-9803.

New NATCA Organizing Facebook Page

NATCA Organizing has set up a new Facebook page. Help us spread the word to those working at contract towers:

This Week in Labor History

1893: More than 8,000 people attend the dedication ceremony for the Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago, honoring those framed and executed for the bombing at Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886.

1894: Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two dozen strikers were killed over the course of the strike.

1938: Fair Labor Standards Act passes Congress, banning child labor and setting the 40-hour workweek.

1941: Black labor and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph urges Franklin Roosevelt to issue an executive order barring discrimination in defense industries.

1943: Congress passes the Smith-Connally War Labor Disputes Act over President Franklin Roosevelt’s veto. It allows the federal government to seize and operate industries threatened by strikes that would interfere with war production. It was hurriedly created after the third coal strike in seven weeks.

1985: 21 workers are killed when a fireworks factory near Hallett, Okla., explodes.

1994: Decatur, Ill. police pepper-gas workers at A.E. Staley plant gate one year into the company's two-and-a-half year lockout of Paperworkers Local 7837.