This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Tuesday, April 12, 2011


April 15, 1980 — PATCO contract preparations: The union distributes an “educational package” to its members that outlines how to establish communication networks and committees on security, welfare, and picketing. Information also includes advice on financial preparations in case of lost wages during a job action, and how union locals can arrange bond and other legal services. Many in the FAA consider this a strike plan.

April 14, 1986 — Near midair collisions increase: The FAA reports that 758 near midair collisions occurred during 1985, compared with 589 in 1984, a 29 percent increase. FAA Administrator Donald Engen attributes the higher rate to improved reporting methods. The previous fall, NTSB Chairman James Burnett told Congress that the board was very concerned about the increase.

    Subsequently, the FAA reports 840 near midair collisions in 1986 and 1,058 in 1987, followed by a steady downward trend to 293 incidents during 1993.

April 15, 1994 — Equipment modernization: The Air Traffic Control System Command Center begins operations at a new facility in Herndon, Va. Size and technological constraints prompted the move from FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

April 12-14, 2006Eleventh NATCA biennial convention: NATCA delegates attend the biennial meeting in Boston, Mass.


April 12, 1909:
  The Union Label and Service Trades Department is founded by the American Federation of Labor. Its mission: promote the products and services of union members.

April 11, 1980: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issues regulations prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors in the workplace.

April 14, 2005: The United Steelworkers and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers unions merge to form the largest industrial union in North America.

April 10, 2006: Tens of thousands of immigrants demonstrate in 100 U.S. cities in a national day of action billed as a campaign for immigrants’ dignity. Some 200,000 gathered in Washington, D.C.