This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Monday, September 12, 2011


Sept. 12-14, 1988 — NATCA Executive Board: The new board meets for the first time since the election in its offices on the eighth floor of MEBA headquarters at 444 N. Capitol St., Washington, D.C.

September 16, 1996 — Equipment modernization: The FAA awards a contract to Raytheon Company to develop and build the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) for up to 172 approach control facilities and 199 Defense Department installations. STARS consists of color radar monitors, similar to the DSR displays used in en route centers, as well as replacement computers and updated software. The new equipment will replace the aging Automated Radar Terminal System, which had been installed in approach control facilities during the early 1970s.

Sept. 12, 2000 — NATCA organizing: The FLRA certifies NATCA as the exclusive bargaining representative for 495 FAA workers in the Aircraft Certification Service.

Sept. 13, 2001 — Attack aftermath: Limited commercial flights resume to ferry stranded passengers to their original destinations. Other commercial flights gradually resume over the next several days, however, passenger traffic declines dramatically. Many airlines, including some international carriers, cut their schedules by as much as 20 percent and announce 92,500 layoffs. Chicago-based Midway Airlines ceases operations and files for bankruptcy.

General aviation planes are permitted to fly IFR on Sept.15. VFR flights resume four days later, but restrictions near major airports leave thousands of private planes trapped where they were on the ground when the attack occurred.

All commercial airports reopen except National, due to security concerns about its proximity to downtown Washington. Limited flights resume at National on Oct. 4.


1962: President Kennedy signs off on a $900 million public-works bill for projects in economically depressed areas.

1998: New York City’s Union Square, the site of the first Labor Day in 1882, is officially named a national historic landmark. The square has long been a focal point for working class protest and political expression.