This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Monday, July 11, 2011


July 12, 1989 — NATCA wins arbitration case: An arbitrator rules that NATCA facility representatives may leave the facility on official time to perform representational duties. The decision grew out of three cases in which facility reps had been denied such permission.

July 12, 2000 — NATCA headquarters dedication: FAA Administrator Jane Garvey, numerous other agency and union dignitaries, and rank-and-file members attend a bash to dedicate the new headquarters as the Krasner Building. The main conference area on the first floor is named the Michael McNally Conference Room. McNally presents Howie Barte with a plaque honoring him for creating the NATCA logo.

July 14, 2000 — NATCA organizing: The FLRA certifies NATCA as the exclusive bargaining representative for the FAA’s Aviation Systems Standards specialists and 75  AOS-510 engineers in Oklahoma City.


1877: The Great Uprising nationwide railway strike begins in Martinsburg, W.Va., after railroad workers are hit with their second pay cut in a year. In the following days, strike riots spread through 17 states. The next week, federal troops were called out to force an end to the strike

1933: Congress passed first minimum wage law.

A half-million steelworkers begin what is to become a 116-day strike that shutters nearly every steel mill in the country. Management wanted to dump contract language limiting its ability to change the number of workers assigned to a task or to introduce new work rules or machinery that would result in reduced hours or fewer employees.