This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Friday, November 19, 2010



November 1991 — Quality Through Partnership: NATCA President Barry Krasner and William Pollard, FAA associate administrator for air traffic, formally agree to implement Quality Through Partnership. This program is intended as a collaborative labor-management relationship that creates “an environment where employees are empowered to participate in decisions that affect their work lives.” QTP National Coordinator Mike McNally initially oversees the program for NATCA, followed by Bill Murphy from Kansas City Center. Program funding is discontinued several years later.

November 28, 1994 — Contract towers: U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aldrich dismisses NATCA’s lawsuit to prevent the contracting out of 111 Level I VFR towers. The judge cites case law supporting government contracts to private employers—essentially agreeing that air traffic control is not “inherently governmental”—and rules that the union lacks standing under Section 702 of the United States Code to press its claim against the FAA and Transportation Department. NATCA appeals the decision.


1881: Founding convention of the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions is held in Pittsburgh. It urges enactment of employer liability, compulsory education, uniform apprenticeship and child and convict labor laws. Five years later it changes its name to the American Federation of Labor.