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Convention 2020 Spotlight

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 (May 27-29). 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 NATCA 2020 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 2020 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 2020 Events

Opening Reception

Tuesday, May 26

Rustic, 1836 Polk St, Houston, TX 77003

Kick off Convention at the opening reception at Rustic.

Register for Convention or modify your registration to include entry to this event here (coming soon).

NCF Solidarity Event

Wednesday, May 27

Stampede, 11925 Eastex Fwy A, Houston, TX 77039

Before April 30, 2020: $25 over 21 | $10 under 21

From May 1 – May 22, 2020: $50 over 21 | $15 under 21

After May 22, 2020: $100 over 21 | $25 under 21

Register for Convention or modify your registration to include entry to this event here (coming soon).

Regional Dinners

Thursday, May 28

Enjoy an evening of solidarity and eat at one of Houston’s many great restaurants with your brothers and sisters at your regional dinner. 

Great Lakes/Eastern | El Big Bad, 419 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

Alaskan/Western Pacific/Northwest Mountain | Prohibition, Location TBA

Southern | Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, 1201 Fannin St #310, Houston

Central/New England | Lawless Spirits & Kitchen, 909 Texas Ave #2a, Houston

Southwest | TBA

Region X | Frank’s Backyard, 413 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

Register for Convention or modify your registration to include entry to this event here (coming soon).

Closing Banquet

Friday, May 29 | 7-11 p.m. | Space Center Houston

1601 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058

Before April 30, 2020: $50 over 21 | $20 under 21

From May 1 – May 22, 2020: $100 over 21 | $30 under 21

After May 22, 2020: $150 over 21 | $40 under 21

Register for Convention or modify your registration to include entry to this event here (coming soon).

Convention 2020 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 in 2020:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Join the movement to raise awareness and support for those affected by suicide by participating in an AFSP Out of the Darkness community walk near you.

NATCA is committed to continuing to do everything it can to raise awareness and to lift the veil on mental health and suicide. One of the charities identified by the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) and our #NATCA2020 Convention Committee to be highlighted at our 18th Biennial Convention in Houston is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP is focused on raising awareness and is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. 

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

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 (May 27-29). 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 NATCA 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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. 

The National Executive Board has approved that NATCA will only reimburse members for hotel stays for the NATCA 2020 Convention in Houston booked at the Convention hotel.  

Click here to book your hotel!

Learn more about the Marriott Marquis Houston

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: Convention Amendments

Brothers and Sisters,

NATCA’s National Constitution Committee wants all Union members to know how to participate in this important part of NATCA business. NATCA’s National Constitution is the primary governing document for our Union. Pursuant to Article XIV, Section 1 of the NATCA Constitution, “[a]ll proposed amendments to the National Constitution shall be submitted to the National Constitution Committee through the Executive Vice President one-hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the Convention.” The deadline for submitting proposed amendments for the upcoming convention, therefore, is 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Proposed amendments should be submitted to Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert at tgilbert@natcadc.org. Below are commonly asked questions about amendments and the submission process:

Q1: What do amendments do? Why are they important to the Union?
A1: Among other things, the National Constitution establishes the objectives of NATCA, criteria for membership in NATCA, NATCA’s organizational structure and officers, NATCA’s standing committees, the rights and responsibilities of NATCA members, the process for the nomination and election of NATCA officers, the role of the National Convention, provisions governing NATCA’s finances, the establishment of locals, the trusteeship process, an internal grievance process, the process for amending the National Constitution, and NATCA’s seniority policy. NATCA members may propose changing the NATCA National Constitution through an amendment. A proposed amendment must be submitted for consideration before the delegates at NATCA’s National Convention. In addition to proposing amendments to the National Constitution, members also may propose changes to NATCA’s Standing Rules and/or NATCA’s Policy & Position Statements. All proposed amendments and changes to NATCA’s Standing Rules or Policy & Position Statements are due by Jan. 28, 2020.

Q2: Will all proposed amendments be considered at Convention?
A2: Pursuant to Article XIV, Section 1 of the National Constitution: “All proposed amendments to the National Constitution shall be submitted to the National Constitution Committee through the Executive Vice President one-hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the Convention.” The 2020 National Convention commences with the opening reception on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Therefore, all proposed amendments are due to the Executive Vice President on or before Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Resolutions submitted by that date will be published along with the proposed amendments. The Constitution Committee will meet to review and compile all proposed amendments and resolutions for distribution to the membership in a booklet of proposed amendments. The National Constitution provides that the booklet of proposed amendments shall be submitted to the membership at least sixty (60) days prior to the National Convention. Any proposed amendments or resolutions that violate applicable labor and/or other laws may be designated as unenforceable by the National Office if adopted.

Q3: What if I miss the Jan. 28 deadline? Can I propose an amendment at a later time?
A3: Proposed amendments that are not submitted by Jan. 28, 2020 may only be introduced at the National Convention by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the delegates actually voting. This is a high hurdle for an untimely proposed amendment to meet. An untimely proposed amendment deprives the NATCA membership of an opportunity to review the substance of the proposed amendment and provide guidance to their respective delegate(s).

Q4: Who is eligible to propose an amendment?
A4: Any active member in good standing may submit a proposed amendment or resolution. In accord with Robert’s Rules of Order, a proposed amendment must be moved and seconded at the National Convention in order to be heard by the delegates.

Q5: If I have questions about writing an amendment, who can help?
A5: Any member needing assistance with drafting a proposed amendment or resolution, or with any question about the process, is encouraged to contact any member of NATCA’s National Constitution Committee. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Constitution Committee if you have questions about the amendment proposal process. We look forward to hearing the voices of our brothers and sisters at NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention in Houston.

In solidarity,
NATCA National Constitution Committee

Committee Chair
Heath Wilson, Central Region (T75)
314-482-2512
email

Rules Committee Chair
Drew Stewart, Northwest Mountain Region (ZSE)
503-593-8178
email

Ryan Herrick, Great Lakes Region (M98)
253-651-3360
email

Marshall Roses, Alaskan Region (ZAN)
Zmroses.constitution@gmail.com
(503) 956-8120

Chris Perks, Eastern Region (PHL)
336-267-0698
email

Elisa Muise, New England Region (ZBW)
386-295-1086
email

Chris Perdue, Southern Region (ZME)
615-962-5773
email

Erik Mandt, Western Pacific Region (ZOA)
941-224-0704
email

Michael Martin, Region X (EWP)
714-315-8467
email

David J Salapata, Southwest Region (ZHU) 301-606-5962
email

Convention 101: Robert’s Rules of Order

Summary

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

Preparations are underway for NATCA’s 18 th Biennial Convention to be held in Houston, Texas on May 27-29, 2020.  Pursuant to Article XIV, Section 1 of the NATCA Constitution, “[a]ll proposed amendments to the National Constitution shall be submitted to the National Constitution Committee through the Executive Vice President one-hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the Convention.” The deadline for submitting proposed amendments for the upcoming convention, therefore, is 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Proposed amendments should be submitted to Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert at  tgilbert@natcadc.org.

Amendments may be proposed to make changes to Articles I through XV of the Constitution and/or to add new articles.  All proposed amendments submitted to the Constitution Committee are reported out of committee and will be submitted to the membership as part of a constitutional amendment package that will be mailed on or before March 28, 2020. 

Members may also submit proposed resolutions to the Executive Vice President in advance of Convention.  As defined in Article VIII, Section 7 of the Constitution, “[r]esolutions approved by the National Convention shall form the Standing Rules and Policy/Position Statements of the Association.”  Any resolution submitted to the Executive Vice President on or before Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 shall be published along with the proposed amendments. Pursuant to Standing Rule C-1, no resolutions will be accepted between Jan. 28, 2020 and the beginning of Convention. Resolutions may be submitted at the Convention in accordance with Convention Rules.

NATCA encourages any member who would like to submit a proposed amendment to do so in a timely fashion by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in order for the amendment to be considered by Constitution Committee. Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the proposed amendment process should contact a member of the Constitution Committee or NATCA General Counsel Marguerite L. Graf.

Convention News

Registration Continues for Convention

Registration continues for our 18th Biennial Convention in Houston. May 27-29 will be here before you know it. Don’t miss out on all the activities we have planned just for you! Click here to register. Have convention registration questions? Email Houston2020Reg@natca.net.

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Convention 2020 – Agenda

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020 Evening Event: Opening Reception, Rustic WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020 NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention is called to order Evening Event: NATCA Charitable Foundation Solidarity Event, Stampede THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 Day 2 of Convention business Evening Event: Regional Dinners FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020 Day 3 of Convention business Evening Event: Closing Banquet,…

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Convention Hotel – 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…

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