2016 Slate Book
Bargaining Units Covered
Air Traffic Control Specialists located in terminal and en route facilities, Traffic Management Coordinators/Specialists in terminal and en route facilities and the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), NOTAM Specialists at the ATCSCC, and Air Traffic Control Specialists assigned to the Flight Service option.
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Joint Templates and Associated Instructions
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The New CBA, Featuring Paul Rinaldi, Trish Gilbert, Teri Bristol, Tim Arel, Dean Iacopelli, and Shelly Mlakar
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2016 Agreement – Rollover and Change Summary
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Archive: Membership Updates
July 24, 2016: The CBA Takes Effect
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The new 2016 ATCS/TMC/NOTAM/FSS Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA” or “Slate Book”) becomes effective July 24, 2016 at midnight local time. Among other things, the implementation of this CBA incorporates collaboration into our contract and introduces the ability to work 5/4-9 Compressed Work Schedule (CWS) or a Maxiflex-40 Flexible Work Schedule (FWS), allowing both a 4-10 schedule and the ability to work credit hours at the same time.
We have been working with the Agency to anticipate questions regarding the implementation of credit hours. We have created a joint Q&A document (see attached) that addresses many of the potential issues, but we certainly understand that it does not cover everything. As an example, those presently on a CWS (i.e. 4-10 schedule) will not be able to earn or use credit hours. We have identified an option and are finalizing the details of a path forward to convert all those on a 4-10 CWS to a Maxiflex-40 FWS so they can earn and use credit hours if they elect to do so. We are creating a national resolution in order to ensure consistency across all facilities. There are challenges associated with the conversion, but we are jointly overcoming them and we expect to have a resolution soon.
If you have any question or concerns with any portion of the implementation of your new CBA, please contact your facility representative.
If your facility representative has a question or concern, he/she should contact his/her ARVP/RVP for guidance and/or assistance. We have established a line of communication between the NEB, ARVP’s, and the contract team so we can ensure a timely and accurate response to any questions that may arise as part of the implementation of our new CBA.
We are aware that there are issues with the use of Webschedules (WMT) to track credit hours. With the implementation of our new CBA and the return of our ability to earn credit hours, CASTLE and WMT need to be reprogrammed to correctly record and accept credit hours. The coding process to update CASTLE has already started but it will not be completed and tested until the end of pay period 17 on August 20, 2016. The Agency has issued guidance for the timekeepers to properly record credit hours until CASTLE accepts them directly from CRU-ART/X (see attached).
WMT is also in the process of a coding change that will allow BUEs to request to earn credit (labeled as XTE). The testing of this update is already underway and should also be completed by the end of pay period 17.
In the interim, we encourage those who volunteer to work credit hours to keep track of your hours manually so they can be compared to your earnings and leave statement once CASTLE is able to record credit hour information.
We are proud of this new agreement and remain confident that while the early stages of the implementation may create challenges, we will work together to ensure the successful implementation of the Slate Book.
Paul Rinaldi, NATCA President
Trish Gilbert, NATCA Executive Vice President
July 14, 2016: NATCA and the FAA Sign the CBA
NATCA is proud to announce that the ATCS/TMC/FSS/NOTAM Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was signed at 3:30 p.m. on July 14, 2016. This contract incorporates all of NATCA’s collaborative principles and processes and will provide stability for the workforce for the next six years. The contract went into effect on July 24, 2016.
“We have worked hard over the last seven years to build a collaborative relationship with the FAA,” said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi of the contract signing at FAA Headquarters. “There are many successes we can point to that have come from us working together. However, the signing of this contract is the biggest success to date and it’s a validation that the FAA and NATCA agree that collaboration is the only relationship we should have in order to complete the goals and mission of the Agency. We look forward to solidifying our collaborative relationship for years to come.”
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July 6, 2016: The Ratification Vote
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are proud to announce that the 2016 ATCS/TMC/FSS/NOTAM Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified by 98.32% of those who voted. This contract incorporates all of our collaborative principles and processes and will provide stability for our workforce for the next six years.
The signing ceremony is scheduled for July 14, 2016, and your new contract will become effective on July 24, 2016.
This new contract is the culmination of years of effort on the part of NATCA. In February 2012, NATCA successfully urged Congress to amend Title 49 of the United States Code in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FAA Reauthorization). That Act restored basic collective bargaining rights to tens of thousands of union members within the FAA – rights that are the very heart and soul of a union. We negotiated this agreement under the framework established by that Act.
Early in 2010, NATCA and the FAA recognized that in order to achieve the best outcomes for the workforce and the National Airspace System (NAS), we needed to engage in collaboration. Over the past six years we have developed processes to ensure collaboration at the national, regional, and local levels. This new contract will ensure that collaboration continues and grows throughout its term.
We believe this new agreement will allow you to continue to focus your attention to the important tasks of maintaining the safety and efficiency of the NAS. Your skills and professionalism are on display each and every day as millions of people rely on us to help provide safe air travel and for that we thank you.
We also want to offer a special thank you to our Contract Negotiating Team, our National Executive Board, our facility representatives and local executive boards, our committees, our workgroups, our collaborative process representatives, our hundreds of safety and technology representatives who are helping us deliver meaningful achievements in our commitment to modernization, our National Office staff, and every one of you who has contributed your time and energy to our collective efforts.
Thank you to all who participated in the ratification process.
Paul Rinaldi, NATCA President
Trish Gilbert, NATCA Executive Vice President
May 25, 2016: Joint Message – FAA, NATCA Reach Tentative Agreement on New CBA
We are pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, AFL-CIO (NATCA) have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). This CBA covers the air traffic control specialists, traffic management coordinators/specialists, air traffic controllers assigned to the flight service option, and Notice to Airmen specialists (NOTAMS).
This CBA reflects the strong collaborative relationship that the FAA and NATCA have developed over the past seven years. This agreement builds upon the foundation we set with our last contract, including our efforts to modernize the National Airspace System and continue providing the flying public with the safest, most efficient airspace system in the world.
This tentative agreement culminates a swift, and very effective interest-based bargaining process that began in January. The current collective bargaining agreement was signed in 2009, and extended in 2012.
Together, NATCA and the FAA have continued to work successfully on safety and modernization, labor relations, professional standards, training, and many other important issues. These interest-based negotiations reflect that same commitment to successful collaboration.
The next step is for NATCA to send the agreement to its members for a ratification vote. NATCA anticipates that the process will be concluded by mid-July.
The CBA, once ratified, will remain in effect for six years. This CBA will provide stability for the workforce and ensure continued collaboration for the employees who provide the safest airspace system in the world.
Paul Rinaldi, President, NATCA
Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, ATO
May 25, 2016: Joint Press Release, NATCA and the FAA
FAA, NATCA Announce Tentative Agreement on New Collective Bargaining Agreement
WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its largest union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, AFL-CIO (NATCA) announced today they have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) covering the air traffic control specialists assigned to the terminal and en route options, traffic management coordinators/specialists, air traffic controllers assigned to the flight service option, and Notice to Airmen specialists (NOTAMS).
The tentative agreement culminates a swift, and very effective interest-based bargaining process that began in January. It reflects the strong collaborative relationship that FAA and NATCA have established over the past seven years. The current collective bargaining agreement was signed in 2009, and extended in 2012.
NATCA will now send the agreement to its members for a ratification vote. NATCA anticipates that it will be concluded by mid-July.
“Together, NATCA and the FAA have continued to work successfully on safety and modernization, labor relations, professional standards, training, and many other important issues,” said FAA Chief Operating Officer Teri Bristol. “These interest-based negotiations have reflected that same commitment to successful collaboration.”
“This agreement was achieved through a collaborative process, building upon our successful working relationships at all levels of the FAA and NATCA,” NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said. “This agreement recognizes the vital role that NATCA members play in meeting the FAA’s mission to ensure that the United States airspace is the safest and most efficient system in the world.”
This CBA will provide stability for the workforce and ensure continued collaboration for the employees who provide the safest air transportation system in the world.
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