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NATCA Congratulates Joe DePete on Election to Lead ALPA

NATCA Congratulates Joe DePete on Election to Lead ALPA
Rinaldi Describes Long History of NATCA & ALPA Collaboration

WASHINGTON – NATCA today congratulates Capt. Joe DePete on his election as the 11th President of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). DePete will begin his term on Jan. 1, 2019.

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi stated, “NATCA and ALPA have a long history of collaboration and solidarity that has advanced the lives and professions of the members of our two great unions. ALPA continues to be a reliable partner, working with NATCA to improve, modernize, and preserve the safety of our National Airspace System (NAS).”

Rinaldi continued, “We thank Capt. Tim Canoll for being a great friend to NATCA during his tenure as ALPA President, and we congratulate Capt. DePete on his election. We look forward to working with him and ALPA’s other leaders as we continue to ad

MORE INFORMATION: Doug Church, Deputy Director of Public Affairs; 301-346-8245, [email protected].


The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA was certified in 1987 by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Today, NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, four Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 102 federal contract towers. These air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals make vital contributions to the U.S. economy and make modern life possible by coordinating the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of nearly one billion aviation passengers and millions of tons of freight within the National Airspace System each year. NATCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

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