This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Monday, August 29, 2011


Sept. 1, 1990 — Smoking:
A new Transportation Department policy takes effect, banning smoking at FAA facilities, although designated smoking areas are permitted. Actual implementation varies by facility based on local negotiations with NATCA.

Aug. 28, 1998 — NATCA’s third contract: The union and the FAA sign an unprecedented five-year collective bargaining agreement after negotiating for nearly a year. The new pact includes a 10-tier pay reclassification system that had been under development since 1992. Members voted 8,219 to 747 in favor of the contract, a 92 percent margin. The contract takes effect Sept. 15, 1998.

        The 13-member contract team included: Committee Chairman Bernie Reed, New York TRACON; Chief Negotiator Barry Krasner, New York TRACON; Phil Barbarello, New York TRACON; Chris Boughn, New York Center; Carol Branaman, Centennial Tower in Denver; Andy Cantwell, Miami Tower; John Carr, Cleveland TRACON; Dan Fitas, Phoenix TRACON; Mark Hood, New York TRACON; Tim Kuhl, Cleveland Center; Bruce Means, Bradley Airport; Eric Owens, Houston TRACON; and Labor Relations Director Bob Taylor.

Aug. 31, 2000 — NATCA organizing: The FLRA certifies NATCA as the exclusive bargaining representative for 300 FAA workers in the Airports Division and airport district offices.

Sept. 3, 2006:  Imposed Work Rules are implemented by the FAA against air traffic controllers after Congress fails to intervene.


1894: Congress declares Labor Day a national holiday.

1935: President Franklin Roosevelt's Wealth Tax Act increases taxes on rich citizens and big business, lowers taxes for small businesses.
1963: The march for jobs and freedom -- the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" speech march -- is held in Washington, D.C., with 250,000 participating.

1991: In Washington, D.C., 325,000 unionists gather for a Solidarity Day march and rally for workplace fairness and healthcare reform.

1996: OSHA publishes scaffold safety standard, designed to protect 2.3 million construction workers and prevent 50 deaths and 4,500 injuries annually.

2003: The AFL-CIO creates Working America, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization designed to build alliances among non-union working people.