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18th Biennial Convention

May 25-27, 2021; Houston

Convention 2021 Spotlight


Recently, we announced that NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention in Houston would be postponed to next spring. We can now confirm those dates: It will be Tuesday-Thursday, May 25-27, 2021, with an opening reception on Monday, May 24.

Convention Registration: If you are already registered, there is no need to register again. All current registrations have been carried over. If you canceled your registration or are now interested in going to the Convention, you will need to register. Register here

Hotel Registration – Marriott Marquis Houston: All past hotel reservations have been deleted. Everyone who previously made reservations will need to make a new hotel reservation. Reserve rooms here

Please note that we have a very limited number of rooms in our block on Friday, May 28, 2021, and none over the ensuing Memorial Day weekend. You can register early to get our rate for Friday night, but if you plan to stay through the holiday weekend, you will need to make another reservation.


MONDAY, MAY 24, 2021
Evening Event: Opening Reception, Rustic

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2021
NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention is called to order
Evening Event: Solidarity Event, Johnson Space Center

Day 2 of Convention business
Evening Event: The presentation of the 16th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, followed by Regional Dinners

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021
Day 3 of Convention business
Evening Event: Closing Event, Stampede

Convention 2021 Events

Opening Reception

Monday, May 24, 2021


Solidarity Event

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Johnson Space Center

16th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (More info. TBA)

Regional Dinners

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (Locations TBA)

Closing Event

Thursday, May 27, 2021


Convention 2021 Charities

NATCA Charitable Foundation

The NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that works to make a difference in the lives of many. NCF has no paid employees and continues to be a 100% volunteer organization of all ages and professions. This keeps costs down and helps ensure donations make a difference to those most in need. NCF’s philanthropic efforts stretch across the country. NCF seeks out areas of need that go un-funded or are missed through other donor drives. It seeks out smaller charities that help the underserved in the communities where NATCA members live and work. Across the country, through NCF, NATCA members and their family and friends give and volunteer to make a big impact and help bring smiles to those in need.

NCF is supporting four charities and sponsoring events around Houston in honor of NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Pushing Up, Pushing Forward: NCF Launches ’25 for 25′ Fundraising Campaign to Benefit Suicide Prevention Organization

PURPOSE: To raise awareness and learn more about mental health issues and suicide prevention. This three-month campaign is now underway and goes through October. It will raise money for the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF), which is supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), one of the featured charities for NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention in Houston May 25-27, 2021.

THE CHALLENGE: Do 25 pushups a day for 25 days between Oct. 1 and Oct. 25. Raise money by getting sponsors to donate between now and Oct. 1.

HOW TO REGISTER: Text NCF25Days to 76278 and then follow the prompts for your name and address (to send you a T-shirt), or go to http://ncf25days.givesmart.com

COST: $35.

LEARN MORE: https://www.natca.org/community/foundation/

Lone Survivor Foundation

The Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) restores, empowers, and renews hope for wounded service members, veterans and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.

Lone Survivor Foundation is here to help America’s wounded service members, veterans and their families adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into what may be looked at as their ‘new normal’ – providing an understanding and acceptance of who they are as a person, a family, and a community.

LSF provides support to service members, veterans and families from all military branches who are challenged with injuries.

LSF accomplishes its objectives through the following initiatives:

  • Conducting retreats at various ranch facilities that support wounded service members and their families affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) and serious combat injury.
  • Emphasizes the use of natural settings and outdoor activities to heal and empower wounded service members and their families through targeted recreational and sports therapy opportunities.
  • Reduce the wounded service members need for narcotic pain management; stabilize and enhance family structures and relationships through education, counseling, support, and inspiration using short-term retreats and advocacy programs.
  • Identify, connect with, and establish therapeutic support for wounded service member families.

Snowdrop Foundation

Childhood cancer patients demonstrate indestructible attitudes and spirit while battling the life threatening illness of childhood cancer. The snowdrop symbolizes hope and purity. Snowdrop Foundation celebrates the hope that one day a cure for all childhood cancers will be found allowing the purity of every child to remain untouched by the devastating diagnosis of cancer. Snowdrop Foundation donations are designated for four specific areas:

Snowdrop Scholarship Program: Scholarships to qualified, college bound, Board of Director approved pediatric cancer patients. To date, over $494,000 in scholarships have been awarded. 

Teen Program: The Teen Program is a support program for teenage patients within the Cancer Center. The teen support group plans activities for teenagers, ‘Chelsey’ Easter Egg Hunt, Snowdrop Toy Drops, Bling for Bravery, Fun activities.

Research: In just 45 years, the overall survival rate for children with cancer has increased from 10% to 70%. Thirty percent still need our help, as well as the help of scientists, researchers and doctors. That help will come from Snowdrop Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Research contribution.

Awareness: Hosting events to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Award-winning Documentary Dear Chelsey.


Thorn is one of the charities identified by the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) and our Convention Planning Committee to be highlighted at the 18th Biennial Convention in Houston. Thorn is a nonprofit technology company, started in 2012, that builds software to defend children from sexual abuse. 

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Technology has made it easier to harm kids. In 2004 the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reviewed 450,000 child sexual abuse files. In 2018, that increased to 45 million files. Thorn, one of the 18th Biennial Convention charities, builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. The charity is grounded in the belief that we can and will build a world where every child can be safe, curious, and happy.

Thorn was chosen to be highlighted for the NATCA Convention because Houston ranks first in U.S. cities for human trafficking rates. Texas ranks No. 2 in U.S. states, behind California.

NATCA is joining Thorn by raising awareness and money. To do both, the Houston Convention Planning Committee and NCF are launching a T-shirt campaign. Join your brothers and sisters and purchase this unique, one-of-a-kind long-sleeve T-shirt. Let this shirt start that conversation to educate those around you on the horrific problem we are facing. To purchase a T-shirt, visit: https://natca.mybigcommerce.com/

If you suspect child sex trafficking, report it to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at www.cybertipline.org or call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

Watch these videos to learn more:

●      Ashton Kutcher 2017 congressional testimony https://youtu.be/hUmyEjy5QRM

●      Thorn CEO Julie Cordua on TED Talk https://youtu.be/uFt-q8HgYpI

Learn more about Thorn’s work and strategy to eliminate child sexual abuse material at https://www.thorn.org/csam-strategy/Join the NATCA Charitable Foundation in supporting Thorn to give vulnerable children a voice.

Convention 2021 Hotel & Travel

Marriott Marquis Houston

As one of two union hotels in the state of Texas, the 18th Biennial Convention Committee is excited to join our membership at the Marriott Marquis Houston. Located in downtown Houston, the hotel has spacious guest rooms and suites with pool, park, or city views and deluxe amenities. The hotel boasts an infinity pool and the world’s largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river. Access Houston attractions easily from the theater district to shopping on foot or via the METRORail lines. 

All NATCA members’ hotel reservations shall be made at the Marriott Marquis. If you are an SRF-12 facility, you must stay at the Marriott Marquis in order to be eligible for the convention subsidy.  Click here for the subsidy.

Click here to book your hotel!

Learn more about the Marriott Marquis Houston

Travel From Airports to the Marriott Marquis Houston: There is not an approved method of travel from the airport (IAH or HOU). Voucher back your ground transportation expenses with your SRF-12 info. 

Convention 101: Selecting Local Delegates

Article VIII

National Conventions:

Section 2. Only elected delegates or their alternates may conduct the business of the Convention. Any member in good standing may attend the Convention and speak on any issue.

Section 3. Delegates and any alternates must be active members in good standing of the Association and of their respective Locals. No paid employee of any Local or of the Association, other than duly elected officials, shall be a delegate.

Section 4. Delegates and any alternates shall be determined by procedures set forth in each Local’s constitution and bylaws. The Local is not required to conduct a mail ballot for convention delegates unless specifically required in their local constitution.

Section 5. Each Local shall be entitled to one delegate. Each Local shall be entitled to an additional delegate for every 50 active members in good standing over and above 100 members. Each delegate shall be entitled to cast a number of votes equal to the number of active members in good standing in his or her Local thirty (30) days in advance of the opening of the Convention, divided by the number of delegates representing the Local properly registered and credentialed at the time of the vote.

Convention 101: Robert’s Rules of Order


Robert’s Rules provide common rules and procedures for deliberation and debate in order to place the whole membership on the same footing and speaking the same language. The conduct of ALL business is controlled by the general will of the whole membership – the right of the deliberate majority to decide.

Robert’s Rules provides for constructive and democratic meetings, to help, not hinder, the business of the assembly. Under no circumstances should “undue strictness” be allowed to intimidate members or limit full participation.

Underlying Principles

  • Only one matter may be considered at a time
  • It is the right of the majority to rule
  • It is the right of the minority to be heard
  • The rights of the absentee member must be protected
  • Informed decisions and judicious action by an organization require free and impartial debate within a reasonable length of time
  • All members are entitled to equal justice and fairness from the other members and officers
  • Responsible membership demands courtesy to and from others at all times

Classification of Motions

Main MotionsSubsidiary MotionsSubsidiary MotionsSubsidiary MotionsMotions That Bring A Question Again Before The Assembly
Bring business before the assemblyAssist the assembly in treating or disposing of a main motion
Lay on the table Previous Question (close debate) Limit or Extend Limits of Debate Postpone to a Certain Time (or Postpone Definitely) Commit (or Refer) Amend Postpone Indefinitely
Related to the parliamentary situation in such a way that it must be decided before business can proceed
Appeal Consider by paragraph or seriatim Create a Blank Division of a Question Division of the Assembly Objection to the Consideration of a Question Parliamentary Inquiry Point of Information Point of Order Request for Permission to Withdraw a Motion Suspend the Rules
Deal with special matters of immediate or overriding importance. They do not relate to the pending business of the assembly Fix the time to Which to Adjourn Adjourn Recess Raise a Question of Privilege Call for the Orders of the DayBring a question back before the assembly for consideration:
Take from the table Rescind or amend something previously adopted Discharge a committee Reconsider

Precedence of Motions

  • Main, Subsidiary and Privileged motions are ranking motions. Ranking motions must be made in order of their precedence, from the lowest to highest. The motions are disposed of in reverse order, from highest to lowest. Any incidental motion which is pending is disposed of first
  • When a main motion is pending, motions of higher rank, either subsidiary or privileged, may be made in the order of their rank or precedence, as well as any incidental motion which is applicable or appropriate. Although only one main motion may be pending at one time, any number of ranking motions may be pending at the same time, so long as the last one made is of higher rank than those made previously
  • Once a motion or higher rank has been made, only motions of still higher rank can be made. No motion of lower rank is in order until the higher ranking motions are disposed of.
  • Higher ranking motions are said to “take precedence over” lower ranking motions and lower ranking motions are said to “yield to” higher rnaking motions
  • As an example – Assume that a main motion is pending and a motion to Amend is pending; a motion to Postpone Indefinitely is not in order because it is of lower rank. However, a motion to Postpone to a Certain Time is in order because it is of a higher rank

Purpose and Characteristics of Motions

  • It is essential to know the purpose of each motion. In addition to the purpose, five characteristics must be known about every motion.
    1. Does it require a second
    2. Is it debatable
    3. Is it amendable
    4. What vote is required for adoption
    5. Can the vote be reconsidered
  • All this information is provided on the “cheat sheet”

Cheat Sheets

Notice of Deadline for Submission of Proposed Constitutional Amendments


As a result of the rescheduling of NATCA’s National Convention due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the time period to submit proposed amendments to the NATCA Constitution and/or resolutions for consideration at the Convention has been extended to 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 1, 2020. In accord with Article XIV, Section 1 of the NATCA Constitution, this new date for the submission of proposed amendments is 120 days prior to the beginning of the Convention (now scheduled to be held from Saturday, August 29 through Monday, August 31).

As a reminder, all proposed amendments are required to be sent to Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert (tgilbert@natcadc.org) for submission to the National Constitution Committee.

All proposed amendments already submitted will remain in consideration at Convention; there is no need to re-submit any previous timely submissions. New submissions will be issued as a supplement to the already-printed package of proposed amendments and resolutions that was recently distributed to the membership.

Members with questions about this process should contact their Constitution Committee representative or NATCA General Counsel Marguerite L. Graf (mgraf@natcadc.org).

Convention News

16th Annual Archie League Awards Banquet Scheduled for May 26, 2021 in Houston

Because of the cancellation of Communicating For Safety 2020, our annual banquet celebration of the Archie League Medal of Safety Award winners is moving to a different event for the first time since 2007. It will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the 18th Biennial Convention in Houston.Stay tuned for an announcement…

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Pushing Up, Pushing Forward: NCF Launches ’25 for 25′ Fundraising Campaign to Benefit Suicide Prevention Organization

PURPOSE: To raise awareness and learn more about mental health issues and suicide prevention. This three-month campaign begins today. It will raise money for the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF), which is supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), one of the featured charities for the 18th Biennial Convention in Houston in spring 2021. THE CHALLENGE: Do 25 pushups…

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18th Biennial Convention Postponed to Late Spring 2021

Brothers and Sisters,The pandemic continues to affect our families and our workplaces, as well as our Union’s business. After significant internal discussion, we have decided to once again postpone our 18th Biennial Convention in Houston. In light of the public health crisis and the potential to have the Convention canceled due to events outside our control,…

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