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NATCA Congratulates President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert issued the following joint statement on the results of the presidential election:

“We congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory.

“We look forward to working with the new administration to continue the very successful collaborative relationship we’ve built with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation over the last 12 years. That relationship started with then-Vice President Biden in office. He understands the importance of solid labor-management relationships and fair collective bargaining rights for workers.

“NATCA’s nearly 20,000 represented aviation safety professionals across 17 different bargaining units are proud of their work to ensure that our National Airspace System (NAS) is the world’s safest. The U.S. aviation industry, before the COVID-19 global pandemic, drove $1.7 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. Our industry is hurting terribly right now, across the country and around the globe. NATCA pledges to work closely with the new administration to usher in a rebound of the aviation industry as quickly – but as safely – as possible. Safety in our workplaces must remain a priority, and we will continue to work with the FAA to ensure the safety of employees while they perform their safety-critical jobs.

“We also look forward to working with the new administration to secure a stable, predictable funding stream for the NAS. While the current continuing resolution funding the government included a one-time general fund transfer to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund that historically provides over 90% of the FAA’s funding, we continue to focus on the long term. A stable, predictable funding stream, as the aviation industry rebounds, will be essential to protecting the system and the workforce that safeguards it.”

MORE INFORMATION: Doug Church, Deputy Director of Public Affairs; 301-346-8245, dchurch@natcadc.org.

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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, 5 Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 112 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.