Background: NATCA’s Professional Standards (PS) program has now processed over 3,350 cases since the program began in 2010. The program helps to maintain, promote, and inspire professionalism throughout the NAS. The purpose of the PS program is to provide an opportunity for bargaining unit employees to address performance and or conduct of their peers before such issues rise to a level requiring corrective action(s) by the Agency. The program uses peer-to-peer mediation, conflict resolution, and mentoring to achieve these goals. The program also provides an opportunity to recognize exceptional performance.
Each year at CFS, NATCA recognizes one member from each service area for exemplifying exceptional professionalism. NATCA’s National Professionalism Award gives an opportunity to recognize a NATCA member who constantly strives to inspire, motivate and demonstrate professionalism. If you know a peer who stands out as a source of inspiration or motivation, shines as a beacon of positivity or constantly demonstrates professionalism to others, please take time to nominate them so their efforts can be recognized. Nomination is easy. Simply complete the nomination form found here. You can also send any email correspondence regarding NATCA’s National Professionalism Award to firstname.lastname@example.org. The nomination period is only open until July 15, 2020.
The NATCA National Professional Standards team trains approximately 100-125 Professional Standards Committee (PSC) members each year. There is no PSC member training currently scheduled. The PS program has approximately 550 PSC members serving each local facility nationwide including Region X. Additionally, the PS program has 27 Professional Standards District Chairs (PSDCs) that serve as a resource for FacReps and PSC members. If your facility is without a local PSC, or you do not feel comfortable bringing your issue to the local PSC, please contact your PSDC or the National team. Please reach out to us at PS@natca.net with any questions about the program.
The National Professional Standards team has also been tasked by NATCA leadership to collaboratively create the Respect initiative. Respect is a long-term initiative designed to help us better understand workplace conflict and create an environment of mutual dignity, support and respect. The Respect initiative is currently paused nationwide to support a focus on health and personal safety. When it is determined appropriate, the Respect initiative will resume and again give us an incredible opportunity to reshape the environment of our workplace. For more information about the Respect initiative, visit the Respect webpage by clicking here. You can also send email to RESPECT@natca.net with any specific questions you may have about the initiative.
Josh Cooper (SCT), Lydia Baune (GEG) and Chris Keyes (ZDC)