Brothers and Sisters,
 
Late Friday afternoon, the President issued three Executive Orders (EOs) affecting Federal employees and their Unions. NATCA staff joined other unions on a call with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in advance of the public release of the EOs.
 
One of the orders, titled Executive Order Ensuring Transparency, Accountability, and Efficiency in Taxpayer Funded Union Time Use, is intended to reduce the use of union official time government-wide.
 
Another, entitled Executive Order Developing Efficient, Effective, and Cost-Reducing Approaches to Federal Sector Collective Bargaining, is intended to reduce the time it takes to negotiate collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and to reduce the costs contained within them.
 
The last, Executive Order Promoting Accountability and Streamlining Removal Procedures Consistent with Merit System Principles, is intended to expedite the process for removing employees from federal service in performance based adverse actions.
 
OPM has advised that it will publish guidance advising agency heads how to implement these orders in the near future.
 
NATCA already is reviewing and analyzing these EOs to see how they affect NATCA, our members, and our CBAs. We also are working closely with other federal employee unions in order to coordinate our efforts. NATCA will spare no expense in fighting all attempts to undermine our CBAs, our members rights, and our right to exist as a union.
 
In the interim, there should be no changes to any of NATCA’s agreements with the FAA – local or national – nor any changes in how they are implemented. The same is true for all current practices and procedures between the parties. If you become aware of any attempts by the agency to take action to implement any of these EOs, or make any other changes, please immediately contact your FacRep and Regional Vice President.
 
We will continue to keep you updated as these issues evolve.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Paul Rinaldi, NATCA President
Trish Gilbert, NATCA Executive Vice President