This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Monday, September 05, 2011


Sept. 4, 1981 — Rebuilding the controller workforce: The FAA announces it will hire about 1,500 temporary workers, including furloughed airline pilots, to serve as flight data assistants and perform other controller support functions.

Sept. 7, 1987 — NATCA marches in New York City Labor Day parade: Gov. Mario Cuomo leads the parade. Eastern Regional Representative Steve Bell and other controllers in the New York area appear on behalf of NATCA.

Sept. 10, 1987 — Congressional hearings on an independent FAA: The Senate Aviation Subcommittee begins the first of at least four hearings on an ill-fated bill that would remove the FAA from the Transportation Department. Discussion also focuses on another bill that would turn the FAA into a government-owned corporation.

Sept. 8, 2000 — NATCA organizing: The FLRA certifies NATCA as the exclusive bargaining representative for FAA workers in the Airworthiness Programs Branch.

Sept. 11, 2001 — Suicide hijackings: Terrorists linked to Islamic extremist Osama bin Laden commandeer four airliners in a coordinated attack that kills about more than 3,000 people from the United States and 79 other nations. The hijackers fly an American Airlines Boeing 767 and a United Airlines 767 into the World Trade Center in New York, causing both towers to collapse from the ensuing fire. They fly an American Airlines 757 into the west side of the Pentagon. A United Airlines 757 crashes in rural western Pennsylvania after passengers fight the hijackers to prevent them from destroying an unknown target.

All air traffic in the United States, except for military flights, is grounded for the first time in history.


1916: Federal employees win the right to receive Workers' Compensation insurance coverage.

1991: In what many believe was to become the longest strike in U.S. history, 600 Teamster-represented workers walk out at the Diamond Walnut processing plant in Stockton, Calif., after the company refused to restore a 30 percent pay cut they had earlier taken to help out the company. The two sides ultimately agreed to a new contract after 14 years.

2001: More than 3,000 people died when suicide highjackers crashed planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11. Among the dead in New York were 634 union members, the majority of them New York City firefighters and police on the scene when the towers fell.