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July 1, 2016 // This Week’s Notebook: RVA Contract Tower Tentative Agreement, Investments Guidance, Seminar Dates, and Much More!

On June 15, RVA Federal Contract Tower employees received the following email concerning the tentative agreement that has been reached for these essential employees:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are pleased to announce that NATCA and RVA have reached a tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the exception of two articles that remain in dispute. The two remaining articles are Article 11, Dues Withholding, and Article 14, Working Hours. Pursuant to the ground rules agreed to by NATCA and RVA, the disputes concerning these two articles will now be submitted to an arbitrator for final resolution. We are currently in the process of selecting an arbitrator and scheduling a hearing.

In order to protect the integrity of the process, details about the proposed CBA will not be shared at this time. However, once the arbitration process has concluded, members will be afforded the opportunity to review a complete copy of the proposed CBA and ask questions prior to the ratification vote. We will provide further information about the timing of the arbitration hearing and ratification process as it becomes available. In the meantime, the current CBA remains in full force and effect.

Thank you,
NATCA Negotiation Team

“This is a true testament of the passion and dedication of our RVA FCT Contract team members,” said National Organizing Committee Chairman John Bratcher, upon hearing the news. “While we hoped to achieve an agreement with RVA without using the mediation to finality process, we look forward to resolving the two outstanding articles and feel that we have strong positions on both.”

He continued, “The mediation to finality process is utilized by our federal sector bargaining units and this is the first instance in which we were able to insert the process into negotiations with a private ATC employer. We strongly believe that it is a fair process and one that will ultimately yield a favorable result concerning the two outstanding articles.”

“I am extremely excited for our members in the RVA FCT bargaining unit to see a tentative collective bargaining agreement and look forward to it being ratified by the membership in the near future,” he further stated. “The tentative agreement exemplifies our continuing efforts to move our Union and the professions we represent forward.”

What’s New at the NATCA Store: Lunch-to-Go Bag

Features: The Lunch-to-Go Bag is perfect for someone with a very busy schedule who wants to pack a healthy lunch for the day! It is insulated and will keep food cool longer. Dimensions: Four-and-a-half inches deep by nine-and-a-half inches tall by six-and-three-quarter wide. Features imprinted NATCA logo on front.

Price: $5.95
Made in USA.

To see the item and how to order: Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. Reminder: Apparel items take three to four weeks to deliver from date of order. 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].

Member Portal
Have you moved recently and need to update your mailing address? No problem! Simply log in at the Member Portal and update your contact information. Those registering for the first time must have your NATCA member number ready as it is needed when you register. For further assistance, contact Customer Service at 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

Benefits Spotlight: Firestone Auto care program – Get Rolling!
Is your car running a little TIREd? Puttering here and there? Through NATCA and the Firestone Auto care program, tire discounts of store cost plus 10 percent are available on any tire purchase. Along with the tire discount you can also receive 15 percent off of wheel balancing and 15 percent off of valve stems.

As if that’s not good enough, in addition to tire care, you can receive 15 percent off of regular priced maintenance. Special maintenance repair and tire offers are exclusive to program members. Visit NATCA Benefits on the NATCA web page for more information.

Cambridge Corner: Stay Invested
Attempting to buy investments when prices are low and sell when prices are high – market timing – may sound like a sensible plan. But market movements are very hard to predict. Being out of the market during an upswing can significantly affect your portfolio’s long-term performance. Remaining fully invested is your best chance for reaching your goals.

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:


Standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service held from 3 to 9 p.m. local time.

Register by signing on to the NATCA Portal. Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the “My Profile” tab.

To register for a seminar, click the “Events” tab, followed by “2016 Retirement Seminars”. Complete the requested information and click “Next”. When you come to the screen listing the seminars, select the one you wish to attend, hit “Next”, verify your requested seminar information and then click “Done”. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

A second email will be sent two to three weeks prior to the seminar giving you the logistical information for the seminar. Also included in this email will be instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest. Please try to register three weeks prior to the seminar. Walk-ins are permitted to attend as long as they can provide their membership ID number. However, you will be unable to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].

We are now offering Career Optimization and Retirement Education (C.O.R.E.) Seminars in many cities! These seminars are geared towards employees with zero to 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 an in-person retirement seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you!

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


To register for a session, visit the NATCA Portal. Click “Events” on the menu bar on the home page, then select the “2016 NATCA Edge Online Retirement Webinar” link. Follow the questions and directions from there.

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

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].

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