This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Wednesday, March 09, 2011


March 7, 1985 — NATCA’s logo is born: Howie Barte presents a graphic containing a control tower and radar sweep bearing the letters AATCC as the proposed logo for the group at an organizing meeting in Boston. Barte conceptualized the logo in 1984 and controller Kim Kochis used artist’s supplies to refine it for the presentation. AATCC declines to adopt the logo due to concerns that it favors terminal controllers, however, Barte uses it for organizing efforts in New England.

March 1990 — NATCA finances: President Steve Bell and Vice President Ray Spickler announce that MEBA has agreed to lower the union’s affiliation fee from 15 percent to 7.5 percent of dues income—an annual savings of $200,000. MEBA also forgives about $250,000 in debts and consolidates eight other debts into one promissory note to be paid at 6 percent interest instead of the previous average of 8.8 percent. The restructured debt saves the union about $4,200 a month in interest.

March 6-9, 1995 — NATCA Lobby Week: More than 400 participants attend the union’s third annual such event.


3/6/1930: With the Great Depression underway, hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers demonstrated in some 30 cities and towns; close to 100,000 filled Union Square in New York City and were attacked by mounted police.

3/10/1941: New York City bus drivers, members of the Transport Workers Union, go on strike. After 12 days of no buses – and a large show of force by Irish-American strikers at the St. Patrick’s Day parade – Mayor Fiorello La Guardia orders arbitration.