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Region X Monthly Update | February 2022

Message from Our Region X RVP,

Things are a changing.

30-Day Notice for the ending of a Maximum Telework Posture and Re-opening of the offices:
NATCA, as well as each individual bargaining unit employee (BUE), has been given notice of the updated Phase-3, post COVID-19 work schedule where the maximum telework posture will end.  While we continue to engage with the agency on potential new telework policies and the linked items that go along with any changes, such as office space, technology, locality pay, etc. As of today, we will continue to follow the policies memorialized within our Collective Bargaining Agreements.  Please work with your local representatives with any questions on work schedules, telework agreements, and other items associated with a return to a more traditional work arrangement with the agency.  NATCA fully expects a more robust telework arrangement for our members who choose to elect substantial telework post the pandemic arrangements we have been on for the past two years.  While we continue to discuss and work towards a suite of connected policies associated with our work/life balance, I do not have any specifics to report on yet.  If there are any changes or updates to our currently agreed upon content of our CBA articles, we will immediately communicate that with all of you.  From a realistic standpoint, I believe if we are to reach an agreement(s) they will occur after the maximum telework posture is formally over with the reopening of the office spaces.

Updated Mask Policies and Gating Criteria as well as agency planned testing program: NATCA has been actively involved with modifying existing MOUs throughout the pandemic to reflect current conditions and evolving CDC guidance.  While most of our Region X members have had limited to no impacts associated with the mask policies throughout the pandemic due to the maximum telework posture, as we return to the office space we will all be subject to the mask policies that will be in effect and subject to change.  

Effective March 4, 2022, the Agency is implementing new mask guidance to align with the Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. NATCA and the FAA (“the Parties”) have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the implementation of this new guidance. The guidance relies on CDC COVID-19 Community Levels, which measure the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and healthcare systems.  Below is a summary of the recently updated MOU regarding the current mask policy:
Using the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels by County tracker, the Parties at the national level will develop a weekly spreadsheet to identify the COVID-19 Community Level for the county in which each FAA owned, leased, and operated office or facility is located. Mask requirements for each facility are based on the COVID-19 Community Levels and are as follows:
•    Low or Medium Community Levels: Employees are not required to wear a mask in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.
•    High Community Levels: All employees are required to wear a mask in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.
After the initial classification, each facility will be reviewed weekly, and the required CDC and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force mask guidance will be adjusted to conform with the new classification, if necessary.

Testing requirements for unvaccinated employees will also be based upon the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels. We are in the process of negotiating with the FAA regarding those procedures for NATCA BUEs.

NATCA In Washington:  On March 28 and 29th our NATCAvists will be converging once again to Washington DC to participate in one of the most important and influential activities our union takes on – Legislative Activism.  Our attendance, at this year’s event was capped and I am both proud of and look forward to joining our 21 Region X approved volunteer participants from all across the country and from every one of our locals.  

Recent and Planned New Hiring agency wide:  One of the areas that a return to the office setting, even in a reduced capacity as compared to pre-COVID-19, will improve for all of us, is peer to peer interactions and getting to know our newer hires.  Many of us have never met some of our peers face-to-face within each line of business, let alone crossing over to other lines of business.  This is an exciting time to get to know one another again.  I look forward to meeting many of you for the first time after the offices are open and we will schedule many solidarity events across the nation.  

As a result of the planned infrastructure spending we will have some significant hiring within the E&A and ARP units.  As the new hires come on board lets have NATCA members be the ones that welcome them with open arms and help then through the transition into the FAA and for many into their first professional positions.

In Solidarity,

Region X RVP

NATCA Region X Contact Information
Region X National Leadership

Brad Davidson                 Regional Vice President
Bob Aitken                       Alternate Regional Vice President
Ed Szczuka                     Alternate Regional Vice President
Curt Howe                       Alternate Regional Vice President
Gwendolyn Kimbrough   AFN National Representative
Felicia Reeves                Airports National Representative
Patrick Massie                Aircraft Certification National Representative
Pam Rusk                       AIT National Representative
Stacie Wooten                Drug Abatement National Representative

Region X National Committee Representatives

Don Schmeichel  –   National Safety Committee
Ingrid Knox  –   National Safety Committee
Mike Martin  –   National Constitution Committee
Anthony Barksdale  –   National Organizing Committee
Jefferson MacDonald  –   National Organizing Committee
Homer Benavides  –  National OSHA Committee
Quang Nguyen  –  National Benefits Committee
Della Swartz – National Historical Committee
Jason Holland – National Legislative Committee
Dawn Forde – National Legislative Committee
Ricky Hidalgo – National Drug & Alcohol Committee
Corey Glaze – National Pay Team & Collaboration Facilitator
Ed Szczuka  –  Finance Committee, Onboarding
Pam Rusk – IT and Regional Communications
Thom Twitchell – National OWCP Committee
Brittan Smith – Union Synergy Committee
Vacant  –  National Reloaded Committee

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