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NiW Hosts Key Political Experts Discussing the Road Ahead

On Wednesday afternoon at #NATCAinWashington, NATCA Director of Government Affairs Josh Nassar led an engaging panel discussion with Vice President of Lake Research Partners Meryl O’Bryan and House Majority Political Action Committee Senior Advisor Brad Komar, […]

NiW Welcomes FAA Deputy Administrator Katie Thomson

The participants of #NATCAinWashington 2024 welcomed FAA Deputy Administrator Katie Thomson. Nearly 400 of our Union’s members are at #NATCAinWashington for a week of pivotal advocacy and legislative action on Capitol Hill. Thomson, appointed in June […]

NATCA Honors 2024 Regional Legislative Award Winners at NiW

Congratulations to NATCA’s 2024 Regional Legislative Award winners! Each year, the spotlight shines at #NATCAinWashington where the National Legislative Committee (NLC) celebrates standout activists from each region. Chosen by their Regional Vice Presidents, these champions embody […]

2024 Trish Gilbert Legislative Activism Award

NATCA takes immense pride in celebrating the unwavering dedication and spirit of our members who excel in legislative activism. Since 2009, at the annual NATCA in Washington event, we have bestowed the prestigious National Legislative Activism […]


(WASHINGTON) – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) announced today its strong support of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2024. NATCA is holding its annual legislative conference, NATCA in Washington, this week, […]

NATCA in Washington 2024 Begins This Week

Nearly 400 NATCA activists are set to travel to Washington, D.C., for NATCA in Washington (NiW) 2024! We have contacted all 535 congressional offices to secure meetings where our NATCAvists will champion our Union’s cause. Each […]

U.S. Rep. Nick LaLota Tours New York Center

U.S. Representative Nick LaLota (N.Y.-1) recently toured New York Center (ZNY) where he met with local members Cory Davids, Bill Ordon, and David Romano. The controllers began the tour by explaining what airspace the facility covers […]

Advanced Legislative Activism Training Held in Washington, D.C.

NATCA members from the Central, Eastern, Great Lakes, New England, Northwest Mountain, Southwest, and Western Pacific regions took part in Advanced Legislative Activism Training (ALAT) on Feb. 21-23. Participants joined instructors National Legislative Committee (NLC) Vice […]

Staff Feature: Government Affairs Director Josh Nassar

Our National Office staff is a source of great pride for our membership. Their daily dedication and unwavering commitment ensure that our members receive the highest level of service and representation within organized labor. Today, we […]

Registration for NATCA in Washington is Now Open

This year, NATCA in Washington will be held May 1-3, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel inWashington, D.C. If you would like to attend this year’s event, please indicate your interest by completing the following questionnaire below […]

U.S. Rep. Max Miller Tours Cleveland Center

U.S. Rep. Max Miller (Ohio-7) recently toured Cleveland Center (ZOB) and met with Ron Shonk (Cleveland Center, ZOB) and other local NATCA members. The congressman was eager to learn about Cleveland Center’s operations. He asked a […]

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell Tours Oakland Center

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (Calif.-14th) recently visited Oakland Center (ZOA), which is located in his district. After taking a tour of the operation, Swalwell sat down with several NATCA members who live in his district, including […]

U.S. Rep. Aaron Bean Tours Jacksonville Center

U.S. Rep. Aaron Bean (Fla., 4th) toured Jacksonville Center (ZJX) on Aug. 1, accompanied by his District Director Bryan Campbell and several of his constituents including American Airlines pilot Ken Byrns. The visit was facilitated by […]

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck Staff Tour Denver ATCT

Denver ATCT (DEN) member Zac Ploch facilitated a tour recently for the U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (Colo., 4th)’s Chief of Staff Zach Mendelovici and Buck’s Director of Scheduling Lucy Herrington. During the visit, the staff members […]

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff Tours Memphis Facilities

Memphis Center (ZME) Legislative Rep. Jenna Lisi led U.S. Rep. David Kustoff (Tenn., 8th) and several members of his staff for tours of Memphis, Tenn., air traffic facilities: ZME, Memphis TRACON (M03), and Memphis ATCT (MEM). […]

Sen. Mitch McConnell Staff Visit Lexington ATCT

Staff members of Senator Mitch McConnel (Ky.) — Legislative Assistant Andrew Fisher and Legislative Correspondent Garret Edmonds — recently toured Lexington ATCT (LEX) and airport in June, with LEX FacRep Jacob Elmer facilitating the air traffic […]

U.S. Rep. Mike Collins Visits Atlanta TRACON

U.S. Rep. Mike Collins (Ga.,10th) visited Atlanta TRACON (A80) on June 28 for a tour facilitated by A80 Legislative Rep. Jefferson Bishop, accompanied by his District Manager Greg Ziesenhene and other members of his staff. The […]

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton Labor Roundtable

Deer Valley ATCT (DVT) FacRep and DVT Legislative Rep. Alyssa Martinez represented our profession and Union at U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton (Ariz.,4th)’s Labor Advisory Board Roundtable in June, in Phoenix. During the discussion, Rep. Stanton mentioned […]

U.S. Rep. Nathaniel Moran Tours Longview ATCT

NATCA Texas Legislative Coordinator Melissa Potter (Dallas-Fort Worth TRACON, D10) recently facilitated a tour for U.S. Rep. Nathaniel Moran (Texas,1st) of Longview ATCT and approach control facility (GGG). Rep. Moran learned about GGG’s operations being worked […]

U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger Visits Potomac TRACON (PCT)

U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 7th District Abigail Spanberger visited Potomac TRACON (PCT) on Aug. 14. PCT FacRep Amy Lark and National Legislative Committee Virginia State Coordinator Brian Schmelzel helped facilitate the visit. Spanberger asked many questions […]


Nassar Joins NATCA as Director of Government Affairs

Nassar Brings More Than 20 Years of Experience to Air Traffic Controllers Union  (WASHINGTON) – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, AFL-CIO (NATCA) announced today the appointment of Josh Nassar as its new Director of Government […]

Government Affairs Update: News About Continuing Resolution

Congress is currently negotiating the details of a Continuing Resolution (CR), which would continue funding the Federal government until mid-December, along with other funding priorities such as military assistance for Ukraine and disaster relief funds for […]

Congress Raises Debt Limit, Avoids Default

Last week, Congress voted to approve an increase in the federal debt borrowing limit by $2.5 trillion, an amount that Democratic leadership says will allow the government to pay its bills until early 2023. The votes in […]

Senate Appropriations Committee Unveils Draft Funding Bills

On Oct. 18, the Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled several draft appropriations bills for the 2022 fiscal year, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill that allocates funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The […]

Upcoming Special Elections

NATCA encourages all members and their families to participate in the democratic process. NATCA’s Member Voter Center is a year-round resource to find links on how to register to vote and continuous information about upcoming special elections. Below are the […]

Federal Employee Pay Raise Update

This week, the House is considering a minibus spending package that includes the House version of the FY 2022 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill. This year, the legislation stays silent on an annual […]


H.R. 1108 Successor Bill Introduced

In the House, Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and T&I Committee members Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, recently introduced H.R. 4042, the Aviation Funding […]


House Passes NOTAM Legislation with NATCA Amendment

On Tuesday, June 15, the House passed H.R. 1262, bipartisan legislation that would, if enacted, establish an FAA task force to determine improvements to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs) system, which provides critical information to pilots […]

NATCA Advocates for Infrastructure Priorities

As Congress crafts infrastructure legislation, NATCA has been advocating for urgent air traffic control facility upgrades to ensure the continued safety of the National Airspace System. NATCA is strongly advocating for a robust funding authorization to bring […]


NATCA Supports H.R. 82, the Social Security Fairness Act

Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., have introduced H.R. 82, the Social Security Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset, two titles of the […]


NATCA Advocates for Infrastructure Priorities

Earlier this spring, President Biden introduced an infrastructure proposal titled the “American Jobs Plan,” a $2.5 trillion proposal that calls on Congress to invest $25 billion in our nation’s airports, including funding to upgrade Federal Aviation […]


Women of the Aviation Workforce Week

Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., introduced a resolution that designated the week of March 8 as “Women of the Aviation Workforce Week.” This resolution honored women in the aviation workforce and highlighted the […]


NATCA Supports Proposed 3.2% Pay Raise for Feds

House Representative Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, recently introduced the FAIR Act in the House and Senate (H.R. 392; S. 561). If enacted, the FAIR Act would provide a 3.2% pay raise for federal […]


COVID Relief Package Enacted into Law

On March 11, President Biden signed into law a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package titled the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.” To understand how this law impacts NATCA and our membership, click here to view our recent […]

COVID Relief Package Starts with “Vote-a-Rama”

Congress is working to advance President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal, which Democrats want to move quickly, so that the legislation is enacted before unemployment benefits expire on Mar. 14. To fast-track the legislation, congressional […]

NATCA Strongly Supports the CONTRACT Act

The Continuity for Operators with Necessary Training Required for ATC Contract Towers (CONTRACT) Act of 2021 would provide an incentive for retired federal controllers to continue working as controllers at the 256 airports that participate in […]

117th Congressional Committee Rosters

The 117th Congress convened on Jan. 3 and the Biden administration took office on Jan. 20. Democrats now control the House, Senate, and White House. The balance of power in the Senate is 50-50, with Vice […]


Government Affairs: 117th Congress Convenes

The 117th Congress convened on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. The House elected Representative Nancy Pelosi for what many believe will be her fourth and final term as Speaker of the House. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will […]

Update on Paid Parental Leave for FAA Employees

NATCA’s Government Affairs staff continues to work to ensure that 12 weeks of paid parental leave for FAA employees is codified in law for both current and future FAA workforces. Specifically, NATCA is seeking a technical […]

COVID and Airline Worker Relief Remain Elusive

Despite lack of progress, both chambers of Congress and the White House continue to negotiate on a COVID relief package. Without a consensus on a broader package, several partisan, slimmed-down versions of aid packages have advanced […]

New Government Funding Deadline: Dec. 11, 2020

A short-term continuing resolution (CR) was enacted at the end of September to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1. The CR funds the government through Dec. 11, at which point another government funding bill will […]

Congressional Schedule

The House and Senate are now in recess until after the elections. The Senate remained in session longer than anticipated to advance the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. In the unlikely event that a vote […]

Paid Parental Leave for FAA Employees Advances

NATCA continues to aggressively seek a technical correction to fix the loophole that inadvertently excluded FAA employees and five other federal employee workforces from the 12-week paid parental leave proposal enacted last December as part of […]

UPDATE: H.R. 1108, the Aviation Funding Stability Act

NATCA’s Government Affairs staff is working with House leadership and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff to ensure the Aviation Funding Stability Act (H.R. 1108) comes to the House floor for a vote. NATCA’s field […]

Congress Debates Air Travel in the COVID-19 Era

As air travel ramps up to meet a modest yet increased demand during the pandemic, Congress has been debating health and safety policies for the aviation industry. NATCA’s Government Affairs staff members have been tuning in […]

Congress Adapts to its New ‘Normal’

The uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has required Congress to develop new and innovative ways of conducting business. The House has adopted rules that allow virtual committee work, including hearings and markups, as well […]

Advocating for Paid Parental Leave for FAA Employees

On May 13, NATCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave for qualifying events occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2020. This benefit covers all members […]

Congressional Schedule

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, Congress has been out of session with the exception of “pro forma” sessions and emergency sessions to vote on stimulus packages relating to the pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that the […]

Advocating for Paid Parental Leave for FAA Employees

NATCA continues to aggressively advocate for a technical correction to fix the loophole that inadvertently excluded FAA employees and five other federal employee workforces in the paid parental leave proposal enacted in December as part of […]

H.R. 1108/S. 762 Aviation Funding Stability Act

The Aviation Funding Stability Act (H.R. 1108/S. 762) was introduced following the 35-day government shutdown that wreaked havoc on the National Airspace System (NAS) and our workforce. If enacted, this legislation would ensure that the aviation system […]

NATCA in Washington 2020

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, NATCA in Washington has been rescheduled for Dec. 9-11, 2020. The location remains at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. We are preparing for another successful event where our top-notch activists […]


NATCA in Washington will take place March 23-25, and NATCA National Office staff is busy at work preparing for another successful event where our top-notch activists will spend time on Capitol Hill, advocating on behalf of […]


NATCA GA staff continues to closely monitor any anti-federal employee legislation and all other actions that could impact the NATCA membership, including those that would attack federal employee pay and benefits. From the White House, President […]


H.R. 1108 has continued to gain support from both Democrats and Republicans and now has 277 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors can continue to be added to H.R. 1108 until the T&I Committee files an official “Committee Report,” which […]


NATCA has been working on a technical correction to fix the loophole that inadvertently excluded FAA employees and five other federal employee workforces in the paid parental leave proposal enacted in December. We’ve been working with […]


On Jan. 29, House Democrats introduced a $760 billion, five-year infrastructure package, which outlines major investments in highways, rail, transit, airports, wastewater, water infrastructure, ports, and harbors. The Democratic package also includes an aggressive plan to […]

NATCA Government Affairs Department Update

Paid Parental Leave Last year, there was a loophole within the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act that was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Specifically, the leave provisions, which were […]


The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA) contains a new title called the “Federal Employee Paid Leave Act.” This Act provides 12 weeks of paid parental leave to parents of children born or […]


Congress has passed and the President has signed a pay raise for federal employees to be implemented in 2020. For FY 2020, the House proposed and passed a Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill […]


NATCA continues to advocate and encourage co-sponsorship of H.R. 1108 and S. 762, the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019. As a reminder, both pieces of legislation are identical and would authorize the FAA to draw […]

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