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A Central Region Update on COVID-19 Coronavirus June 26, 2020

Central Region Brothers and Sisters,

Here is your weekly COVID-19 and Central Region update for Friday, June 26, 2020.

COVID-19 Statistics For NATCA’s Central Region

While there is debate about first wave or second wave of COVID, whether it reduces when it is hot outside, whether masks help or not, there is no debate that we continue to see cases, and sadly, deaths occurring from COVID-19.  According to the CDC website, the day with the most reported confirmed positive cases, was on April 6, when there were 43,438 cases reported on that single day.  Thursday of this week, June 24, almost three months later, officially became the second highest number of confirmed cases reported to date, again according to CDC.gov.  The numbers in the Central Region:

Iowa – 26,705 Cases, 692 Deaths
Missouri – 18,868 Cases, 975 Deaths
Nebraska – 18,221 Cases, 257 Deaths
Kansas – 12,970 Cases, 261 Deaths

We encourage all members to continue to take recommended precautions from the CDC and follow guidance in our facilities from local management and union officials.  The CDC website has their recommended suggestions for protecting yourself.  Stay healthy my friends.

Article 24, 32 and 34 MOU’s and Extension MOU

This week, NATCA conducted three online virtual training sessions on the annual leave and basic watch schedules MOU’s and negotiations for 2021.  Partially due to the COVID-19 Emergency, it was agreed to at the national level that the basic provisions of the 2020 agreements at the local level, will be extended through the 2021 leave year.  Your facility reps have been briefed on this, so if you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to them.  

View The Extension Agreement Here

Excused Absence

This message is a reminder that employees on excused absence as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency are subject to recall. We have recently learned of instances of employees on excused absence being beyond commuting distance of their facility during the period of excused absence.

The Parties at the national level collaboratively agreed, for the sake of employee health and safety, to place non-essential and high-risk employees on excused absence. In addition, and for the health and safety of employees, the Parties implemented COVID-19 Flexible Schedules, which provides the lowest number of employees on a shift to meet traffic demands, while having as many employees as possible out of the facility. These initiatives represent a good faith effort by both Parties to maximize social distancing and reduce workplace transmission of COVID-19 while balancing the needs of the National Airspace System (NAS).

We are using this opportunity to not only remind employees that you are subject to recall while on excused absence, but that you are expected to be within a reasonable commuting distance of your duty location and be prepared for duty during the time you are on excused absence. Failure to comply with these expectations may result in disciplinary action.

We are asking you to commit to taking the responsibility of excused absence seriously, and not to jeopardize the collaborative agreements we have in place. These agreements are important to the health and safety of all employees and the continued operation of the NAS.

In Solidarity, 
NATCA National Executive Board

Virtual Solidarity Events

Over the last couple of weeks, our regional legislative team held our Kansas, Missouri and Illinois residents events and they have been a great success!  The winners of the raffles from the events have been William Dawson (SUS) and Brad Helzer (ZKC)!  Both received a $50 gift card, just for taking part in the events!

Up next is the Nebraska Residents Virtual Solidarity Event.  This will take place on Tuesday, June 30th, at 7pm.  This is a great opportunity to learn of voting and balloting rules in your state and just hang out and have some fun with other members.  Details on how to join the event have been sent to residents of Nebraska by your facreps, and another reminder will be sent out the day of the event.

The event will be hosted using Microsoft Teams, with optional video and audio, and will provide a great opportunity to learn about upcoming events and ask any questions you may have.  Additionally, we plan to have some fun, and play a game during the meeting.  Lastly, we will have a raffle that you will be entered in just for taking part!  Information on how to join the events will be emailed on the day of the events for residents of the applicable states. 

More dates to come:
Nebraska Residents Virtual Solidarity Event – Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – 7pm

NCE, NRX and National Office Members participating in the MO/IL virtual solidarity event

NATCA Academy Online Classes

Article 6: Representation Rights – Monday, June 29th, 3pm

Today on our call with your Facility Representatives, I encouraged all of them to try and take part in Monday’s Virtual Training, “Article 6: Representation Rights”.  While it is important for your elected representatives to know Article 6 of the CBA, it is just as important for you, the member bargaining unit employee, to know your rights when it comes to representation.  I would encourage as many of you as possible to sign up at portal.natca.net for this and many other classes.

The NATCA Academy has added more online training classes to its schedule which is currently out through mid-August.  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.

Stay healthy brothers and sisters and thank you for all that you do!

Aaron and Todd

Aaron Merrick
NATCA Central Region RVP

Todd Mariani
NATCA Central Region ARVP