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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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Brandon Homrich experienced the joy of finally being able to return to work as a controller at Grand Rapids ATCT for nearly 60 hours late in July and into early August. It was a welcome reprieve in his battle with an aggressive form of cancer that has otherwise kept him from working since October 2016.

Homrich, who just turned 30 years old, transferred to Grand Rapids earlier this summer after being at Rockford ATCT.

“GRR has been great,” he said. “Everyone just wants to help and let me do what I need to do."

Homrich was recently on a trial treatment that he says didn’t work, which meant he has returned to more chemotherapy treatment. He hopes to be able to work for 10 hours in a couple of weeks.

Thanks to the Voluntary Leave Donation Program (VLTP) and the generosity of controllers from around the Chicago area, Homrich had enough leave to cover him from January through April this year. But that leave has run out and he needs more. The long-term goal is a bone marrow transplant but first, he’s battling to try and send the cancer into remission.

“It’s still a long road ahead but I’m keeping the faith!” he said.

You may submit donations at your facility through the Online VLTP Intranet site (https://ahrweb1.faa.gov/spl/Login/applanding.cfm?AppCode=vltp&AppType=donor&AppRecID=8754). To donate leave online, must first register with the site. Click on "Request Login" and follow the on-screen instructions. The system will send you a temporary password and asks to reset after logging on. Donors must use an FAA computer with Intranet access to donate leave through this process. The donation process is not available through the external Internet.”


From the GoFundMe Account:
Erich Schumann's (ZID Area 7) house was struck by lightning Monday afternoon. The lightning strike caused a fire. Erich and his family were home at the time. Everyone made it out safely, but the fire has caused heavy damage to the home. I'm told the repairs will take somewhere in the vicinity of 6 months to complete. They are being put up in a local hotel temporarily while more permanent housing can be worked out. They had to beat a hasty exit to escape the fire, leaving with only the clothes on their back. I'm including a list of items needed below. I've always looked at ZID and NATCA-ZID especially as a family. One of our brothers is in need of our assistance...please lend a hand.

I know how hard it is to go shopping for others. Please donate so I can purchase the needs of this family.

Current needs for the Schumann family: 8/22/17

  • Boys clothes: tops size 8, tops size 5, bottotms size 7, bottoms size 5, underwear, and socks for both boys
  • Mens clothing: tops size 2XL, bottoms size 2XL or 40waist
  • Womens clothing: tops size med or large, bottoms size 6-8
  • Trinity needs close toe black shoes for school and work, size 9.5 or 10
  • Meals: if you feel led please donate a restaurant gift card until they are settled in a home.
  • Other immediate needs: blow dryer, electric beard trimmer, razors, flat iron, tote bags to carry their stuff in. PRAYERS!

To donate to the Schumann family’s Go Fund Me page, click here.





The NATCA Member Portal

Have you moved recently and need to update your mailing address? Do you need to update your email address? No problem! Simply log in at the Member Portal and update your contact information. If you’re registering for the first time, you must have your NATCA member number ready as it is needed when you register. For further assistance, contact Customer Service at 800-266-0895 or email uwadmin@natca.net.

Benefits Spotlight: Theme Parks
Summer is rapidly coming to an end. Still want to plan a family vacation? Look no further than www.natcabenefits.com. Disney, Six Flags, and Kings Island theme parks await the kid in all of us, and at discounted prices that won’t break your vacation budget. When you’re done making your heart race on dry land, take the kids somewhere to cool off in the refreshing waters of a fun-filled waterpark. NATCA has discounts for all Great Wolf Lodge and Schlitterbahn parks across the nation. You work seriously hard all year taking care of the flying public, as well as your family. Don’t you think it’s time to have some serious fun on a vacation as well?

Oklahoma City Meet & Greet Dates: 2017 Schedule

NATCA leadership makes it a priority to educate ATC Academy Students about NATCA and their rights as part of the future air traffic controller workforce. NATCA will be hosting a lunch meeting in Oklahoma City at 12:30 p.m. local time and a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. local time for each date listed below in Oklahoma City. Check back in the Insider for more details as each date approaches.


Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided By 4 Square

Thank you for your interest in attending a NATCA Retirement Seminar by 4Square Financial Literacy Partners. Each locale hosting a seminar will hold both a standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service from 3 - 9 p.m. local time, and a Career Optimization and Retirement Education (CORE) Seminar for members with fewer than 15 years of service from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. local time.

To register for a seminar, log in to the NATCA Portal and click the “Events” tab, followed by “2017 Retirement Seminars.” Complete the requested information and click “Next.” When you come to the screen listing the seminars, select the one you wish to attend, hit “Next,” verify your requested seminar information and then click “Done.”

You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete. A second email will be sent three weeks prior to the seminar with logistical information for the seminar along with instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar. You may access the benefits data collection form on the confirmation page once you register.

Spouses and significant others also are invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

Although you may register anytime, we ask that you register three weeks prior to the event. Walk-ins are permitted with a membership ID number. However, you will be unable to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact retirement@natca.net.

NATCA EDGE — Designed exclusively for NATCA members!

Can’t get to an in-person retirement seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you! Presenting an all-new, flexible access, web-based session of our popular retirement benefits seminar. Log in to the NATCA Portal to register. The last seminar of 2017 will be held on Dec. 6 from 10 A.M.-5 P.M.

Communicating for Safety

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Communicating For Safety: Oct. 22-24, 2018;
More information.


Biennial Convention


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The 17th Biennial Convention was held in Philadelphia, April 17-20, 2018. More Information. The 18th Biennial Convention will be held in Houston, May 27-29, 2020.

NATCA in Washington

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  NATCA's premier legislative event.
May 20-22, 2019. More information.