This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Wednesday, November 10, 2010


November 18, 1987 — NATCA schedules first national election: The union’s provisional Executive Board votes to hold national elections and sets February 1, 1988, as the opening date for nominations for president, vice president, and representatives from nine regions that mirror the FAA’s structure.

November 15, 1995 — FAA reform: The appropriations bill funding the Transportation Department for fiscal 1996 becomes law. Two sections of the bill mandate that the agency institute new personnel and procurement systems by January 1, 1996, remnants of a Clinton administration effort to create a government corporation to run ATC operations. The law is intended to make the FAA’s procurement process faster and more cost effective, and enable the agency to negotiate pay with NATCA.

    To help implement these reforms, the bill exempts FAA employees from various rights under Title 5 of the United States Code, effective April 1, 1996. However, key rights included in Chapter 71 of Title 5 will be lost, stripping the union of its powers as a labor group. During the next few months, several NATCA members work hand in hand with the FAA to create the new systems. The union also mounts a concerted lobbying effort to retain Chapter 71 rights.


1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces plans for the Civil Works Administration to create four million additional jobs for the Depression-era unemployed. The workers ultimately laid 12 million feet of sewer pipe and built or made substantial improvements to 255,000 miles of roads, 40,000 schools, 3,700 playgrounds, and nearly 1,000 airports.

1935: Committee for Industrial Organization founded by eight unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. The eight want more focus on organizing mass production industry workers.