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NATCA Academy: Schedule of Online Courses Now Available; Registration is Open

Brothers and Sisters,

As many of you know, the NATCA Academy has had to postpone or cancel many of our member courses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even though we cannot meet in person, we believe continued learning is of vital importance. Therefore, we are excited to announce that we will be offering a number of online courses derived from the standard curriculum offered by the NATCA Academy.

Below is the first installment of the NATCA Academy online sessions to be offered between May 13 and June 15. Look for additional opportunities later this summer. Registration for each course will be done through the NATCA Members Portal (portal.natca.org). If you do not have an account in the Portal, visit portal.natca.org and select ‘Sign Up Now’ on the left-hand side. You will also be able to click on ‘Forgot Your Username or Member Number?’ if you do not know your NATCA member number.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about your Union and how you can become more active in the area(s) that interest you.

In Solidarity,
NATCA National Executive Board

You Hate Politics Too? Let’s Talk (Legislative): Do you hate politics? We understand why you might feel that way but since it affects our careers, let’s discuss it. In this class, we will explore commonly held myths about politicians, the legislative process, and the importance of elections. Participants will understand why NATCA must be engaged politically and that no one can advocate for our profession like us. 
Wednesday, May 13 @ Noon EDT (60 min)
Saturday, May 23 @ Noon EDT (60 min)

Water Intrusion and Mold Growth in Our Buildings (OSHA): The Occupational Safety and Health articles in each contract negotiated by NATCA, as well as policies such as the Air Traffic Organization’s order, JO 3900.76, are good tools to support indoor air quality and control mold growth. JO 3900.76 was jointly developed by NATCA, the FAA and other stakeholders. This webinar will cover what is required by this order when there are water intrusion issues or subsequent mold growth.
Thursday, May 14 @ 1 p.m. EDT (60 min)

Temperature and Humidity (OSHA): In this webinar, we discuss the requirements for temperature and humidity in our buildings. We also cover the concept of humidity ratio, which is the best measurement of comfort and HVAC performance. We will discuss how you can measure humidity ratio in your buildings and how high moisture in the air can foster mold growth, as well as the HVAC systems role in controlling moisture levels. 
Thursday, June 11 @ 1 p.m. EDT (60 min)

NATCA 101 (Reloaded): NATCA 101 endeavors to provide a foundation of information about the Union for all levels of membership. Whether attended online, or in-person, members will learn the history of the organization, the work the Union does for its members every day, and provide insight for how members can become more involved. Education is the first step toward a stronger Local, which leads to a more powerful national Union. A strong Union creates a better future for our members and their families. 
May 15 @ 1 p.m. EDT (2 hours)

Building Lasting Relationships (Reloaded): Unionism involves varying types of relationships, and all of them are important to help our activists fulfill their roles. Areas addressed include identifying common pitfalls, essential communication skills, and valuable tools for building and maintaining sustainable relationships.  
Monday, May 18 @ 11 a.m. EDT (60 min)
Wednesday, May 27 @ 2 p.m. EDT (60 min)
Thursday, June 4 @ 3 p.m. EDT (60 min)
Tuesday, June 9 @ Noon EDT (60 min)

Having a Difficult Conversation (Reloaded): People are not always equipped to communicate effectively when perspectives differ or when discussing a sensitive topic. This webinar will uncover techniques to help participants improve professional and personal communication that opens a path forward to benefit everyone involved. 
Wednesday, May 20 @ 3 p.m. EDT (60 min)
Thursday, May 28 @ 11 a.m. EDT (60 min)
Monday, June 1 @ 1 p.m. EDT (60 min)
Saturday, June 13 @ 11 a.m. EDT (60 min)

Building a Stronger Local (Reloaded): This webinar is designed to enhance the strength of your local by recognizing and embracing individual differences and learning how to improve teamwork and communication. This course provides an in-depth overview of how a local is organized, how the local functions, and educates members at all levels on how to become an active participant in their Union.
Friday, May 22 @ 1 p.m. EDT (60 min)
Saturday, May 30 @ 3 p.m. EDT (60 min)
Friday, June 5 @ 11 a.m. EDT (60 min)
Wednesday, June 10 @ 2 p.m. EDT (60 min)

Article 6: Representation Rights (Labor Relations): The training will cover both NATCA’s rights and the bargaining unit employee’s rights during investigatory and formal meetings. The course will encompass several situations to ensure clarity in representation rights and the role of the representative in each instance. This course is open to all NATCA members to further your education and the protections provided to you under the law and in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Saturday, May 16 @ Noon EDT (90 min)
Thursday, May 21 @ 4 p.m. EDT (90 min)
Tuesday, May 26 @ Noon EDT (90 min)

Medical Reporting Requirements (Labor Relations): The training will cover the representative’s role in how to assist bargaining unit employees (BUE) with medical issues, the importance of reporting medical information appropriately, the rights of BUEs, and the resources available to NATCA members. This course is open to all NATCA members to further your education in your rights and the resources that are available to you.
Saturday, May 16 @ 4 p.m. EDT (90 min)
Thursday, May 21 @ Noon EDT (90 min)
Tuesday, May 26 @ 4 p.m. EDT (90 min)

ATSAP Webinar (Safety): In this webinar, you will learn more about your reporting requirements, the ATSAP process, and the importance of reporting. We will discuss what is being done with all of the data that has been collected through ATSAP, as well as why it is important to continue filing reports.
Tuesday, May 19 @ 1 p.m. EDT( 60 min)

Partnership for Safety (PFS) Webinar (Safety):  During this webinar we will cover the mission and framework of Partnership for Safety (PFS), as well as how to become a Local Safety Council (LSC) member and what your role is once you become a member. 
Tuesday, June 2 @ 1 p.m. EDT (60 min)

Safety Management System (SMS) Webinar (Safety): Please join us to learn more about Safety Management System (SMS) and how safety is considered when changes to the NAS are proposed. This webinar is designed to provide information about the Safety Management System and its components. Specific details regarding Safety Risk Management will be discussed. 
Thursday, June 11 @ 3 p.m. EDT (60 min)

End of Year Forms (Secretary/Treasurer): Join us for a detailed overview on end of year forms. We will discuss filing deadlines, how to setup an online account through the IRS, OLMS and breakdown all the required information needed for your fill out your LM4 and 990N forms. Due to limited amount of facilities required to fill out a LM3 we ask that you work directly with you NFC member for questions regarding the LM3. 
Wednesday, May 27 @ 11 a.m. EDT (60 min)

How to Conduct an EBoard/General Membership Meeting (Secretary/Treasurer): Join us for an overview on how to conduct a general / EBoard membership meeting in person and virtually as we are doing right now. We will cover how to take meeting minutes and how to properly conduct Robert’s Rules of Order while complying with DOL regulations and NATCA procedures. 
Friday, May 29 @ 10 a.m. EDT (60 min)

How to Amend Your Local Constitution (Secretary/Treasurer): Join us for a detailed overview on how to amend your local’s constitution. The DOL requires local constitutions to be in line with national constitutions. As this is a convention year, locals will have to adopt any changes made by the convention body. 
Friday, June 12 @ 11 a.m. EDT (60 min)

Online Drug and Alcohol Basics Training (Drug and Alcohol Committee): Learn about your rights, the role we all play, what to expect, and where you can find additional resources before, during, and after substance testing. *This class has a limit of 20 members that will be able to attend
Friday, May 29 @ Noon EDT (2 hours)
Wednesday, June 3 @ 4 p.m. EDT (2 hours)
Monday, June 8 @ 6 p.m. EDT (2 hours)

Federal Contract Tower (Labor Relations):This webinar is focused on the issues and concerns of NATCA’s Federal Contract Tower (FCT) members. Topics include essential information for FCT facility representatives, including an overview of the key provisions of our FCT collective bargaining agreements, employee and employer rights, informal problem solving, disciplinary actions and the grievance process, and collaboration.
Wednesday, May 20 @ 11 a.m. EDT (90 minutes)
Wednesday, June 10 @ 11 a.m. EDT (90 minutes)
Wednesday, July 15 @ 2 p.m. EDT (90 minutes)
Wednesday, Aug. 19 @ 2 p.m. EDT (90 minutes)