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Barry Krasner, NATCA President Emeritus, 1952-2018


Our hearts are very heavy as we report the sad news that Barry Krasner, our brother, dear friend, charter and founding NATCA member, and President Emeritus passed away on July 9. He was 65.

Barry was a dedicated air traffic controller who spent his entire 26-year career at New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), and taught multiple generations of aviation safety professionals the meaning of what a Union truly is, with strong, passionate beliefs in solidarity and grassroots support for organizing and building NATCA. His decades of leadership of our collective bargaining will leave a permanent legacy as his negotiated words will continue to protect our members.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Barry’s wife of 27 years, Sallie Sullivan-Krasner, and their entire family.

NATCA Statement About Janus vs. AFSCME Decision

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court Decision on Janus v. AFSCME:

"Today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a decision that affects union rights in state and local governments. Although this decision does not affect NATCA, our members, or federal sector employees directly, it further erodes union rights and weakens our collective strength, as well as the ability of unions to protect and defend working people throughout the country. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who represent state and local government employees throughout the country. We know that unions sustain our families and strengthen our communities. We are dismayed that the Supreme Court would overturn four decades of well-established precedent.

"Although NATCA always has had the duty to represent bargaining unit employees who do not become members nor contribute to their own representation in the federal sector, this is a drastic change for state and local government employee unions who will directly and immediately feel the effects of this decision. We join our union brothers and sisters to take up the fight to protect working people from those who would seek to fracture, split, and divide us. Make no mistake, NATCA stands with all of our union brothers and sisters in the labor movement, today and forever."

NATCA YouTube Channel

Podcast 48 - Ask an Air Traffic Controller
Podcast 48 - Ask an Air Traffic Controller

Following our 'Ask the Captain' and 'Ask a Flight Attendant' episodes, we wanted to pose your questions to an active air traffic controller. So in this episode, San Juan Tower controller Kyrandgel Rio...

Air Traffic Control Career:
Air Traffic Control Career: "I Love My Job"

A video produced by FAA Communications in collaboration with NATCA.

Fort Wayne's NBC: Salute to Fort Wayne Air Traffic Controller Eric Vanstrom
Fort Wayne's NBC: Salute to Fort Wayne Air Traffic Controller Eric Vanstrom

NATCA Great Lakes Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Aired on April 25, 2017.

CNN HLN Atlanta TRACON Archie League Awards
CNN HLN Atlanta TRACON Archie League Awards

Archie League Award-winning save story and interview, with A80 NATCA member Mason Braddock and pilot Cathy Lewan (3/24/17).

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Biennial Convention


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