Who We Represent
Interactive Facility Map
- Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
- Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
- Great Lakes
- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
- New England
- Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
- Northwest Mountain
- Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands
- Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
- Western Pacific
- American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Nevada
Represented Bargaining Units
Air Traffic Controllers (ATC)
NATCA represents the U.S. FAA air traffic controller workforce of dedicated and well-trained men and women. Air traffic control specialists (ATCS) work in airport control towers, terminal radar approach control facilities, and in air route traffic control centers. These employees coordinate the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of over 140 million operations and nearly one billion aviation passengers within the National Airspace System (NAS) each year.
Aircraft Certification Specialists (AIR-110)
This group also develops, coordinates, and assesses national policy and procedures related to certification, certification delegation, and continued airworthiness issues as they relate to aircraft design, manufacture, modification, and maintenance.
Aircraft Certification Specialists (AIR)
This group is composed of aerospace engineers, senior engineers, program managers, flight test pilots, aircraft certification assistants, and various administrative and technical support personnel. These bargaining unit employees approve new designs and modifications of aircraft, engines, propellers, and related components and accessories.
Airports Division (ARP)
NATCA represents Airports Division employees in Airports District Offices (ADO) nationwide. Employees are responsible for the distribution of all airport improvement funds, coordination of airport design, oversight of land purchases, and annual safety inspections.
Automation Support Specialists (AOS)
NATCA represents Automation Support Specialists in en route centers and terminal field facilities nationwide. Computer specialists, computer scientists, electronic engineers, and air traffic control specialists make up this group. Their primary function is to provide operational computer software support and maintenance for en route centers and terminal environments.
Aviation Technical System Specialists (ATSS)
NATCA represents the employees who support the work and overall tasks of ATC and the NAS, including training, planning, and requirements at the three ATO service centers.
Department of Defense Air Traffic Controllers (DOD)
NATCA represents these air traffic control specialists employed by the Department of Defense (DoD) at five DoD towers: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (NKT), N.C., Kalaeloa Tower (JRF), Hawaii, Los Alamitos Army Airfield (SLI), Calif., Wheeler Army Airfield (HHI), Honolulu, Hawaii, and 259th ATC Squadron Louisiana National Guard (AEX), Alexandria, La.
Drug Abatement Division/Compliance and Enforcement Branch Inspectors (DAI)
NATCA represents the inspectors who operate out of seven FAA regional offices, Miami, the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, and FAA Headquarters who report directly to the Office of Aerospace Medicine. These members ensure that air carriers operating within the U.S. are in compliance with FAA/Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing regulations and policies.
E & A Engineers and Architects
NATCA represents the engineers and architects who design new ATC facilities, construct orremodel new or existing ATC facilities, and replace aging NAS equipment. They evaluate systems and provide technical support to fix problems with NAS equipment. In addition, they analyze radar and communications coverage, correct deficiencies in existing systems, propose changes and upgrades, and present those changes to the agency to secure funding and support. Engineers determine whether facilities will be replaced or upgraded, develop plans for improvements and implement upgrades and construction, installation projects, and much more.
Employees in this unit are assigned to Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Technical Operations (Tech Ops) Engineering Services, Technical Services, and the Service Centers. They are located in all nine FAA regional offices, three service centers, air route traffic control centers, and many Technical Operations District Offices. Our engineers in Oklahoma City and Atlantic City in the Flight Operations and Operations Support organizations are also part of this E&A unit. Operations Support provides field support, maintains the configuration management of systems, and performs modifications of equipment. Flight Operations provides airborne flight inspection of Navigational Aids and procedures.
Federal Contract Tower Air Traffic Controllers
NATCA currently represents 122 of the towers in the FAA Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program. These towers are operated by one of the following three companies: RVA, Midwest, and Serco. Read More
Financial Management (AFN)
NATCA represents the employees included in the AFN bargaining unit in FAA offices nationwide. This includes Finance (ABA), Acquisitions (ACQ), Information Technology (AIT), and Regional Operations (ARO) throughout the Agency. Members in these lines of business provide shared services to all employees across the Agency and to the public. Professions represented include real estate, acquisition, materiel/material, property, building services, accounting, payroll, finance, budget, and computer specialists. They provide materiel/material purchasing and inventory control, asset management and accountability, land and associated fixtures purchasing, budget planning, payroll for all employees, accounts receivable and payable, network planning, programming, and computer support.
FPT Flight Procedures Team
NATCA represents the employees who manage and facilitate the FAA’s Instrument Flight Procedures Program in accordance with National Policy directives. A primary function of the FPT is to design, coordinate, and integrate instrument flight procedures into the NAS. FPT specialists must have a working knowledge of the responsibilities of national/regional organizations (i.e. WAAS, NextGen, PBN offices, etc.) and other FAA Lines of Business involved in the coordination of Instrument Flight Procedures.
FSS Flight Service Specialists
NATCA represents all 17 Flight Service Stations in Alaska, including four hub locations — Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, and Palmer. These controllers provide airport advisory services, pre-flight briefings, and search and rescue operations, among other services.
Regional Counsel’s Office/Legal Division (AGC)
NATCA represents the employees in eight different regions in the FAA Legal Division. The members in this bargaining unit are attorneys, para-professionals, and other administrative staff assigned to the Legal Division who provide expertise on legal issues, procedures and interpretations, and their implications to both the FAA and NATCA members.
SSS Staff Support Specialists (ATCS 2152)
NATCA represents the staff specialists who are air traffic controllers located in service centers, air route traffic control centers, terminal radar approach controls, and airport traffic control towers. Staff Specialists support the daily operation of the air traffic system through a variety of functions. Primary responsibilities are to initiate procedural and traffic management changes to enhance the air traffic controller’s ability to move aircraft through the system and support the work and overall tasks of ATCSs, including quality assurance, training, and personnel. Because many staff specialists are former ATCSs, they have an intimate understanding of ATCS needs.
TMC & TMS Traffic Management Coordinators and Traffic Management Specialist
NATCA represents these employees in en route centers and terminal facilities. These employees maximize the NAS by coordinating the flow of aircraft on a national scale. They are continuously aware of the traffic flow, status of navigational aids, weather conditions, and traffic forecasts to preclude situations that may cause sector saturation, excessive en route and terminal delays, and flights with undesirable atmospheric conditions.
U.S. NOTAM Office Specialists
NATCA represents employees at the FAA’s David J. Hurley Air Traffic Control System Command Center’s (ATCSCC) Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) Office (USNOF) Unit in Warrenton, Va. The members in this bargaining unit are responsible for operational compliance with policies and procedures, and communicate this data to pilots on any issue that impacts safety of flight.
Member Rights & Responsibilities
The standards of conduct provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), among other statutes, guarantee certain rights to members of unions representing federal employees and impose certain responsibilities on officers of these unions to ensure union democracy, financial integrity, and transparency. The aforementioned rights, responsibilities and standards of conduct provisions of the CSRA apply to NATCA members and officers.
The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is the federal agency with primary authority to enforce many standards of conduct provisions. If you require additional information or suspect a violation of these rights or responsibilities, please contact the NATCA Office of the General Counsel at (202) 628-5451 or OLMS at 1-866-4-USA-DOL. You should also refer to 29 CFR 457.1 – 459.5, and NATCA’s Constitution for information on union procedures, timelines, and remedies.
NATCA Member Rights
Bill of Rights: NATCA members have:
- equal rights to participate in union activities;
- freedom of speech and assembly;
- voice in setting rates of dues, fees, and assessments;
- protection of the right to sue; and
- safeguards against improper discipline.
Collective Bargaining Agreements: NATCA members have the right to receive or inspect copies of collective bargaining agreements.
Constitutions, Bylaws, and Reports: NATCA has filed an initial information report (Form LM-1) and copies of NATCA Constitution with OLMS. Additionally, NATCA and its locals submit annual financial reports (Form LM-2/3/4) to OLMS. NATCA permits members to examine the records necessary to verify the financial reports for just cause. These documents are public information and copies of reports are available from OLMS and online at https://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/rrlo/lmrda.htm
Officer Elections: NATCA members have the right to:
- nominate candidates for office;
- run for office;
- cast a secret ballot; and
- protest the conduct of an election.
Officer Removal: In accordance with the NATCA National Constitution and local constitutions, members have an established procedure for the removal of nationally and/or locally elected officers found guilty of serious misconduct.
Trusteeships: A NATCA local may only be placed in trusteeship by the NATCA president, with the approval of the NATCA National Executive Board, for those reasons specified in the NATCA Constitution and in accordance with the CSRA standards of conduct regulations.
Protection for Exercising CSRA Rights: NATCA or any of its officials may not fine, expel, or otherwise discipline a member for exercising any CSRA right.
Prohibition Against Violence: No one may use or threaten to use force or violence to interfere with a NATCA member in the exercise of their CSRA rights.
NATCA Officer Responsibilities
Financial Safeguards: NATCA officers have a duty to manage the funds and property of the union solely for the benefit of the union and its members in accordance with NATCA’s Constitution. NATCA provides accounting and financial controls necessary to assure fiscal integrity.
Prohibition of Conflicts of Interest: NATCA officers or employees may not: (1) have any monetary or personal interest; or (2) engage in any business or financial transaction that would conflict with their fiduciary obligation to the union.
Bonding: NATCA officers or employees who handle union funds or property in excess of $5,000 are bonded to provide protection against potential losses.
Labor Organization Reports: NATCA officers:
- file an initial information report (Form LM-1) and annual financial reports (Forms LM 2/3/4) with OLMS; and
- retain the records necessary to verify the reports for at least five years.
Officer Elections: NATCA:
- holds elections of national and local officers by secret ballot at least every three years;
- conducts regular elections in accordance with the NATCA Constitution and preserves all records for one year;
- mails a notice of election to every member at least 15 days prior to an election;
- complies with a candidate’s request to distribute campaign material;
- does not use union funds or resources to promote any candidate (nor may employer funds or resources be used); and
- permits candidates to have election observers.
Restrictions on Holding Office: A person convicted of certain crimes may not serve as a NATCA officer, employee, or other representative of the union for up to 13 years.
Loans: NATCA does not provide outstanding loans to any one officer or employee that in total exceeds $2,000 at any time.