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NATCA Endorses Rep. Capuano for Massachusetts U.S. Senate - (10/19/2009)

CONTACT:  Doug Church, 202-220-9802; Alison Mills (Congressman Capuano’s office), 617-868-2009

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which represents over 15,000 air traffic controllers nationwide along with several thousand other aviation safety professionals, proudly announced today that it is endorsing the candidacy of Rep. Mike Capuano, D-Mass., to be the next U.S. Senator from that state.

“NATCA's membership enthusiastically supports Congressman Capuano’s campaign in light of his dedication and support for aviation safety issues and his respect for working men and women,” NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said. “His passionate, unrestrained messages to NATCA members, Congressional colleagues, and FAA officials always generate enthusiasm and energy within our union. Additionally, Congressman Capuano is the only candidate in the race with a real record in Washington of fighting for working people. He has shown the courage and ability to do the right thing at the right time.” 

Rinaldi added that Congressman Capuano’s respect shown for air traffic controllers, NATCA-represented safety professionals and all working men and women in the labor movement is evident in all of his actions. “He aggressively pursues all avenues to protect NATCA’s collective bargaining rights, always holds the FAA accountable, and is never timid in taking FAA management to task when they fail to live up to the high safety standards set for the National Airspace System,” Rinaldi said.

Congressman Capuano has been a champion for air traffic controllers in his district and throughout the country. He fought alongside NATCA during its tough labor battle with the FAA over the past several years, first pushing hard to try and prevent the FAA from imposing work rules in 2006 and then standing up for a fair collective bargaining process at the FAA, which was implemented by the Obama Administration earlier this year, resulting in a new contract for NATCA-represented controllers, traffic management coordinators and NOTAM specialists.

“Like NATCA itself, Congressman Capuano is a true champion of aviation safety,” said NATCA New England Regional Vice President Mike Robicheau. “I have had the opportunity to work alongside him since he was elected back in 1998. He has proven himself a dedicated, passionate and reliable voice in the House of Representatives for our shared principles of standing up and fighting for America’s working men and women. As the most experienced and progressive candidate for the U.S. Senate, who has demonstrated support for a strong national aviation system, Congressman Capuano receives our enthusiastic support and endorsement."

Now serving his sixth term as a Member of Congress from the 8th Congressional District, Capuano has built a reputation as a seasoned legislator with experience in both the executive and legislative bodies of government. A former five-term Somerville mayor, he is widely credited with revitalizing the city.

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