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June 30, 2017 // This Week’s Notebook: NATCA Member in Need; Stay Hydrated With the NATCA Water Bottle; and Disability Insurance


NATCA Member in Need: Justin Mendelson, Colmbia Metropolitan (CAE)
Justin Mendelson has been with the Federal Aviation Administration for the past five and a half years and has been a supporter and member of NATCA since arriving at his first facility in February of 2012.

Unfortunately, in January of 2017, he began having health issues that stemmed from my Inflammatory Bowl Disease. In combination with this, he developed an inflamed pilonidal cyst along with recurrent abscesses that have required multiple surgeries and hospitalizations in the recent months. Justin has now been out of work since the beginning of May of 2017, and has exhausted all available, non-advanced leave.

Just recently, Justin was approved for the VLTP program. If you are able, you may submit donations through the Online VLTP Intranet site.


NATCA Store Product of the Week: Slim Grip Water Bottle
Features of this product: 25 oz./750ml poly-pure slim grip bottle with flip straw lid. It’s contoured for easy handling on the go. It is molded with dishwasher-safe plastic and is BPA-free. It is also FDA compliant and safe for food contact. Available in colors:. Made in the USA.

Colors: Translucent red, blue, green, and smoke.
Price: $6

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. Please also include or update your email address so we can send you NATCA updates like the NATCA Insider or other important announcements. For further assistance, contact Customer Service at 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

Member Benefits: Don’t Let the Nightmare Be Yours
It doesn’t matter what it is — things cost money. We’ve all invested heavily in our careers so that we can have a better quality of life for both ourselves, and our loved ones. But one of the inherent risks of this career is that it can be taken from us at a moment’s notice. You know someone this has happened to, because it happens FAR too often. It’s a nightmare. Your livelihood as you knew it is gone and you can no longer support yourself or your family. While you are buried with whatever situation led to losing your career, your bills are piling up and savings can be depleted very quickly. What can you do next to provide for yourself and yours?

While this is obviously a terrible, all-too-common situation, you have the ability to prevent it from being a catastrophic nightmare. You can protect 50 percent of your gross monthly salary for up to five years with tax-free income while you sort out how to move forward. In your career, this situation will happen to someone you know. If that someone is you, how will you move on?
For information on how to keep the unthinkable from become a catastrophic nightmare, visit natcadisability.com.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided By 4 Square

Thank you for your interest in attending a NATCA Retirement Seminar by 4Square Financial Literacy Partners. Each locale hosting a seminar will hold both a standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service from 3 – 9 p.m. local time, and a Career Optimization and Retirement Education (CORE) Seminar for members with fewer than 15 years of service from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. local time.

To register for a seminar, log in to the NATCA Portal and click the “Events” tab, followed by “2017 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 once your registration is complete. A second email will be sent three weeks prior to the seminar with logistical information for the seminar along with instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar. You may access the benefits data collection form on the confirmation page once you register.

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.

Although you may register anytime, we ask that you register three weeks prior to the event. Walk-ins are permitted with a 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 [email protected].

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. Log in to the NATCA Portal to register.

Oklahoma City Meet & Greet Dates: 2017 Schedule

NATCA leadership makes it a priority to educate ATC Academy Students about NATCA and their rights as part of the future air traffic controller workforce. NATCA will be hosting a lunch meeting in Oklahoma City at 12:30 p.m. local time and a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. local time for each date listed below in Oklahoma City. Check back in the Insider for more details as each date approaches.


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