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18th Biennial Convention

December 6-8, 2021; Houston

NATCA’s Convention Postponed Until December 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

After significant internal discussion, we have decided to once again postpone our 18th Biennial Convention in Houston. This was not an easy decision, but the pandemic continues to affect our families and our workplaces.

There currently are more aggressive and transmissible strains of COVID-19 circulating. According to the CDC, the Delta variant now represents more than 83 percent of the cases currently circulating in the United States. It is spreading most rapidly across the South. In the last two weeks, Texas specifically has seen its COVID-19 cases increase by 177 percent. After months of a downward progression of COVID-19 cases since January, hospital officials from the Greater Houston area are reeling from a new surge of patients. This increase in infections and hospitalizations in Houston may force public local health agencies to amend their guidance on COVID-19 precautions, such as mask wearing in public or restricting all large indoor gatherings.

In addition, we recently held a Convention planning walkthrough in Houston, and unfortunately, six fully vaccinated members of the committee became ill and tested positive for COVID-19. They are all on the path to recovery, and we wish them a speedy return to health and everyday routines.

Clearly, our first priorities are the safety of our members and their families, as well as the continued safe operation of the National Airspace System. Therefore, once again delaying our 18th Biennial Convention is the sensible decision. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to protect our Union and its members during these unprecedented times.

Below, we will attempt to answer some anticipated questions. If you have other questions, the planning committee will try to answer them. You may reach them at this email address: Houston2020Reg@natca.net.

In solidarity,

NATCA National Executive Board

New Convention Dates: Dec. 6-8, 2021

We now are planning for the 18th Biennial Convention to begin in Houston on Monday, Dec. 6. We are working to finalize coordinating these changes with the hotel, as well as any venues for evening events that will take place.

Convention Reservations

Please don’t change anything with your current Convention registration at this time. In the coming days, we will provide a link to all current Convention registrants that will allow them to easily reschedule or cancel their registration online. There will be no fees charged for rescheduling or cancelling any existing Convention registrations.

Hotel Reservations

NATCA’s room block for all hotel reservations has been cancelled. We will send a new link to make hotel reservations in the coming weeks once the new dates for December are confirmed.

Airline Reservations

We encourage you to reschedule your flights to and from Houston for Convention as soon as we confirm the new start and end dates for the Convention in December 2021. It is likely that your airline will allow this rescheduling without any change fees.

New Convention Amendments Deadline

The NATCA Constitution requires that proposed amendments be submitted at least 120 days before Convention and that they be distributed to the membership at least 60 days before Convention. With the 18th Biennial Convention now beginning on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, the relevant dates are:

Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021 for submission of amendments

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 for distribution of amendments to membership

Save the Date: 19th Biennial Convention 2023

NATCA’s 19th Biennial Convention still is scheduled for June 20-22, 2023. It will be held at The Diplomat in Hollywood, Fla.


10 a.m. | Registration opens
6:30-9:30 p.m. | Opening Reception, The Rustic

NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention is called to order
7-11 p.m. | NATCA Charitable Foundation Solidarity Event, Johnson Space Center

Day 2 of Convention business
Evening Events:
5 p.m. | The presentation of the 16th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
8 p.m. | Regional Events

Day 3 of Convention business
7-11 p.m. | Closing Event, Stampede Houston

Convention 2021 Events

Opening Reception

Monday, Aug. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: The Rustic

NATCA Charitable Foundation Solidarity Event

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 7-11 p.m.

Location: Johnson Space Center
Map: Click here
Video: Take a virtual tour via a drone in this Space Center video.

Prices for admission; deadlines to purchase:

  • July 1 – July 21:  over 21 $100, under 21 $30
  • After July 21:  over 21 $150, under 21 $40

16th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards Presentation

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 5 p.m., at the Marriott Marquis, Houston (View List of Winners)

Regional Events

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.

Central/New England Regions: Lawless Spirits & Kitchen
Great Lakes/Eastern Regions: El Big Bad
Region X: Biggio’s
Southern Region: Pete’s Dueling Pianos
Southwest Region: Chapman & Kirby
Western Pacific/Northwest Mountain/Alaskan Regions: Sambuca

Closing Event

Thursday, Aug. 12, 7-11 p.m.

Location: Stampede Houston | View photos inside Stampede

Prices for admission; deadlines to purchase:

  • July 1 – July 21:  over 21 $50, under 21 $15
  • After July 21:  over 21 $100, under 21 $25
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 (AFSP)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

The AFSP Mission:
Save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide

AFSP Positioning Statement:
We are a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

Calls to Action:
• Make Mental Health a National Priority
• Have an Honest Conversation
• You are Not Alone
• Have a #RealConvo about Mental Health
• We can #StopSuicide
• Suicide is Preventable
• Talk Saves Lives
• Watch out for the signs. Save a life.
• Be a Lifesaver
• Create a Culture that’s Smart about Mental Health

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 city of Houston, the Houston 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 room!

Learn more about the Marriott Marquis Houston, including dining options, photos, and amenities. | Map

Travel From Houston Airports to the Marriott Marquis Houston: Transportation will not be provided, and there is not an approved method of travel from the airport (IAH or HOU). Travel to/from the airport for SRF-12 locals is covered with the convention subsidy submission.

Marriott Bonvoy – Enjoy Perks in Houston: Become a Marriott Bonvoy member and download the Bonvoy app today to enjoy benefits at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, including free Wi-Fi, mobile check-in, and keyless entry into your room.
Learn more | Benefits | Join Marriott Bonvoy

The 16th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

The ability to think quickly and remain calm under pressure while maintaining situational awareness are just some of the unique qualities that air traffic controllers possess. Their willingness to resolve complex situations without hesitation, offer a reassuring voice to those on the frequency, and ability to coordinate their efforts with other controllers help these dedicated professionals be successful at maintaining the safety of the National Airspace System.

While many controllers often feel that they are “just doing their job,” their hard work is often viewed by others as remarkable and extraordinary. The Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, named for the first U.S. air traffic controller, were first presented in 2005 to honor exceptional air traffic controller work that took place in 2004. The program highlights a variety of aviation “saves” — some which involve a team of controllers working together, while others are the result of one controller’s efforts.

Our 16th annual presentation of the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards will be held in December 2021, at NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston.


NATCA Members: The nomination period for the 2022 Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, the 18th annual, is now open. We are looking for the best saves that have occurred at your facilities since April 17, 2021. A member may nominate another member for an Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Our 18th annual banquet celebration of the Archie League Medal of Safety Award winners will be held on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at NATCA Communicating For Safety 2022 at Bally’s Las Vegas.


If you have questions or are having trouble collecting all nomination materials, please contact Doug Church.

Learn more about the past recipients in the 16-year history of the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards. Click here.

Archie League Medal of Safety Awards Video Channel

Learn more about Archie League. Click here.

Convention 101: NATCA Constitution
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 Day Bring 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

Convention Subsidy Request Information

Please click here.

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