This Week's Notebook: ALPA Chronicles Its Involvement in CFS 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013

The April issue of Air Line Pilot, the monthly publication from the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), features coverage of ALPA’s involvement in NATCA’s Communicating for Safety conference last month. Included in a feature entitled, “Collaborating for Safety With NATCA,” is a look at NATCA’s Professional Standards program and how ALPA influenced its development.

From the article:

“In addition to coordinating ATSAP (Air Traffic Safety Action Program) and ASAP (Aviation Safety Action Program) information to find better safety solutions, ALPA played an instrumental role in helping NATCA establish a Professional Standards program (PSP), heavily modeled after ALPA’s own. NATCA completed its PSP rollout in early March, with more than 500 committee members at every U.S. ATC facility.

“NATCA National Professional Standards representatives Garth Koleszar and Jeff Richards said the success of the program is the realization that the peer-to-peer process really works. “It’s worked for ALPA for 50 years; it’s working for us now,” Richards said.

“During the awards luncheon, Koleszar and Richards presented Capt. Charlie Schenk (FedEx Express), ALPA’s Professional Standards Group vice chair, with an award for helping to get the Professional Standards program up and running.

“There’s no way we’d be here today without the leadership of ALPA,” Koleszar said. They also thanked Capt. John Rosenberg (Delta), ALPA’s Professional Standards Group chair, who was unable to attend.”

This Month in NATCA History

April 4, 1991 — Airspace redesign: The FAA finishes transferring more than 600,000 square miles of oceanic airspace from Miami and Boston Centers to New York Center.

April 5, 1993 — NATCA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters office relocates from Suite 845 at MEBA, 444 N. Capitol St., to its own leased offices in Suite 701 at 1150 17th St. NW.

April – May 1988 — NATCA/FAA labor relations: A joint NATCA-FAA labor-management training course, called “Partners in Problem Solving,” begins. Three-day sessions take place in the New England Region starting April 19 and May 3. Sessions are also held in the other regions throughout the spring and summer.

April 15, 1994 — Equipment modernization: The Air Traffic Control System Command Center begins operations at a new facility in Herndon, Va. Size and technological constraints prompted the move from FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

April 26, 2000 — NATCA organizing: The FLRA certifies NATCA as the exclusive bargaining representative for 274 FAA regional office employees in the Logistics, Finance, and Computer Support divisions.

This Month in Labor History

1853: Many believe that Cincinnati on this day became the first U.S. city to pay firefighters a regular salary. Others say it was Boston, back in 1678, exact date unknown.

1882: Birth of Rose Schneiderman, prominent member of the New York Women's Trade Union League. She was an active participant in the “Uprising of the 20,000,” the massive strike of shirtwaist workers in New York City led by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in 1909, and famous for an angry speech about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire: “Every week I must learn of the untimely death of one of my sister workers…Too much blood has been spilled. I know from my experience it is up to the working people to save themselves. The only way they can save themselves is by a strong working-class movement.”

1923: The Supreme Court declares unconstitutional a 1918 Washington, D.C., law establishing a minimum wage for women.

1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, where he had been supporting a sanitation workers’ strike. In the wake of this tragedy, riots break out in many cities, including Washington, D.C.

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