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Feb. 19, 2016 // This Week’s Notebook: New OSHA Webinar, Seminar Dates, and Much More!

Screen Shot 2016 02 12 at 2.40.48 PMThere are two topics for the February OSHA webinar: water quality and mold. While they are quite different topics, they both can have an effect on the health of building occupants.

Every three years, drinking water quality is tested in FAA buildings. This test includes parameters like copper and lead that can leach from the pipes into the building. Part of the webinar will be devoted to explaining the tests, interpreting the data, and required action if there are concerns identified.

The internet is a great source of data. Sometimes the data is accurate, sometimes it is not. Mold is a lighting-rod topic on the internet and a great deal of what is written is speculative or inaccurate. Part of this webinar will help you to separate fact from fiction on mold in our buildings.

Click here to register for the webinar!

Just a few weeks remain until the March 1 deadline to submit applications for the annual NATCA Scholarship Program.

Spouses, children, stepchildren, and legally adopted children of active, retired, and deceased NATCA members.

Applicants or their family member must have two years of continuous good standing, active union membership prior to submission of application.

Applicants or their family member must be enrolled in an accredited college or university.

Please click here for an application form.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2016.

Applicants wishing to receive confirmation of receipt of their applications should send a self-addressed stamped postcard along with the application.

Applications should be sent to:


Attn: Scholarship Fund 

1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington, D.C., 20005

A notification letter will be sent to all applicants announcing their approval or denial of scholarship funds by April 30, 2016.

In addition to USPS mail, members can also email a PDF of their application and essay to [email protected].

Award Criteria:

  • Awards will be based on a lottery system.
  • Applicants must qualify for the lottery by submitting an application as well as an essay. The essay must follow the outlined question and contain no more than 500 words.
  • NATCA’s President and Executive Vice President will judge qualifications for the lottery.


  • Please submit an essay of no more than 500 words.
  • Please ensure that you send your essay with the completed application. Essays sent separately will not be considered.
  • In your essay, please describe your career goals and aspirations, and highlight the importance of the union and the labor movement to your family and/or yourself and why you are deserving of a union scholarship.
  • Essays must be applicants’ own work.

Due to a large amount of requests for NATCA Veterans Day t-Shirts, another order is going to be placed and we want to give you and your facilities an opportunity to participate!

In an attempt to minimize the cost to the members, we ask that each facility designate one point of contact and place one order per facility.

The shirts will be $20 each, plus shipping, which is about $0.50 a shirt, plus a $5.75 drop fee per facility. The shirts are 50/50 material from American Apparel (50 percent combed cotton/50 percent polyester). Five dollars per shirt will be donated to Active Heroes. The last order of t-shirts resulted in a total of $3,530 raised for charity.

Active Heroes is dedicated to connecting and helping America’s military families through physical and mental therapy, home repairs, community outreach, financial assistance, and community integration to halt the triggering points and stress that lead to veteran suicide. For more information on this organization, please visit www.ActiveHeroes.org. 

The order will be submitted by close of business Friday, Feb. 26, so get your order in by that morning. Shirts should be at your doorstep by the start of Communicating for Safety 2016. If you’re interested, please email [email protected] with the subject title, “Veterans Shirts 2016.”

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Store Item of the Week: Tango Mug
Start your day off right with a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee or a hot cup of tea. Sipping hot drinks with friends or coworkers can be the best way to start a conversation. Try our 12 oz. tango – gloss blue ceramic mug. It is microwave and dishwasher safe, though hand-washing is recommended. Made in USA. Price: $7.50 each.

Click here to view the item and order at natcastore.com. Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. Remember, all apparel and golf towels take 3-4 weeks to deliver. If you need items by a certain date, please contact NATCA Store Customer Service for arrangements. Expedited shipping charges may apply.

To check on stock availability or for further assistance, call 800.266.0895 or email [email protected].

Benefit Spotlight: Southern Insurance Group (SIG)
It’s no secret that your Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) costs increase as you age, but did you know that there are alternatives to FEGLI that are much more affordable? Regardless of age, you owe it to yourself to shop competitively for life insurance. Often times there are better options than FEGLI.

To better understand your life insurance benefits and to discuss alternatives to FEGLI, contact the Southern Insurance Group at 800-467-8571.

Cambridge Corner: ETF Basket
Can you name an investment that acts like a stock but looks like a mutual fund? If you said “exchange-traded funds” (ETFs), you’re right on the money. ETFs typically consist of a “basket” of securities that mirror a particular market index. Like stocks, ETFs trade on an exchange and can be bought or sold throughout the trading day. Since most ETFs are designed to follow an index, fund managers generally make changes to their investment lineup only when the underlying index changes. Because the goal is to match the performance of the index, fund expenses tend to be low.

Call 888-900-4690 or click here for more information on how Cambridge Financial Partners can help you.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided by 4 SQUARE:

3.8.16 Mid Late NY

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We are now offering Career Optimization and Retirement Education (C.O.R.E.) Seminars in many cities! These seminars are geared towards employees with 0-15 years of service who want to maximize their retirement benefits and plan for financial stability in retirement. Log in to the Portal today to see which cities are offering this great new program.

NATCA EDGE – Designed exclusively for NATCA members!
Can’t get to a seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you!

Presenting an all-new, flexible access, web-based session of our popular retirement Benefits Seminar:

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To register for a session, visit portal.natca.net.

Personalized benefit estimate for participants paid for is an exclusive benefit for NATCA Members. You will never be solicited or sold anything ever!

For any questions or problems with registration, contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9811 or [email protected].

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