This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Tuesday, August 09, 2011



THIS WEEK IN NATCA HISTORY:

August 12, 1993 — PATCO strike aftermath: President Clinton announces that controllers fired for participating in the walkout 12 years ago may reapply for employment with the FAA.

August 13, 1997 — NATCA affiliation: Ballots are counted from the membership, which votes 5,984 to 60 in favor of breaking away from MEBA. The effective date is May 30, 1997, based on a previous out-of-court settlement between the two unions.


THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY:

1931: The Air Line Pilots Association is founded at a meeting in Chicago attended by 24 activists from across the country.

1935: President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, providing, for the first time ever, guaranteed income for retirees and creating a system of unemployment benefits.

1939: President Roosevelt signs amendments to the 1935 Social Security Act, broadening the program to include dependents and survivors' benefits.

2010: Pres. Barack Obama signs a $26 billion bill designed to protect 300,000 teachers, police and others from layoffs spurred by budgetary crises in states hard-hit by the Great Recession.