Union Members Feature: American Radio Association
NATCA continues to highlight our union sisters and brothers who are also essential contributors across our nation’s workforce. Today we highlight and thank our siblings of the American Radio Association (ARA), AFL-CIO.
ARA has been representing seagoing radio operators, Electronic Officers, and Master Electronic Officers employed on U.S. flag merchant vessels since the 1930s. ARA membership through training and recruitment over the past decade or more have transitioned from primarily communications officers and watch standers under the Safety of Life at Seas Convention (to monitor SOS calls), to more than 29,000 skilled electronics officers.