This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Wednesday, September 15, 2010


September 20, 1985, Petition for union denied: Overruling its regional director, the full FLRA disallows New England’s bid for a regional union. Citing PATCO and a similar FLRA ruling concerning the Agriculture Department’s Food and Nutrition Service as precedents, the authority mandates that only a national bargaining unit is appropriate.

September 23-24, 1986, NATCA founding convention: Seventy-two delegates attend the meeting at the Chicago-O’Hare Ramada Hotel, including provisional representatives from each of NATCA’s nine regions. Six new members join Barte, Gilbert and Molen from the AATCC effort:

    Alaskan — Will Faville Jr. from Anchorage Center.

    Central — Dan Brandt from Omaha TRACON.

    Eastern — Steve Bell from New York TRACON.

    Great Lakes — Fred Gilbert from Chicago Center.

    New England — Howie Barte from Quonset TRACON in Rhode Island.

    Northwest Mountain — Gary Molen from Salt Lake Center.

    Southern — Dennis Delaney from Pensacola Tower (who replaced Lee Riley from Atlanta Center and Dan Keeney from Daytona Beach Airport).

    Southwest — Ed Mullin from Love Field in Dallas.

    Western-Pacific — Karl Grundmann from Los Angeles TRACON (who replaced Jim McCann from Ontario Tower in California).

    National Coordinator John Thornton announces that NATCA has collected more than 4,200 signatures calling for an election on whether to form a union. However, the group plans to gather more signatures before filing them with the FLRA to help ensure a “big win.”


1885: White and Chinese immigrants battle in Rock Springs, Wyo., fueled by racial tensions and the practice of Union Pacific Raiload of hiring lower-paid Chinese over whites. At least 25 Chinese died and 15 more were injured. Rioters burned 75 Chinese homes.

1916: Operating railway employees win eight-hour day.

1954: President Eisenhower signs legislation expanding Social Security by providing much wider coverage and including 10 million additional Americans, most of them self-employed farmers, with additional benefits.