This Week’s News and Notes
Friday, July 06, 2012

Benefits/Retirement Seminars

Here is an updated list of scheduled benefits/retirement seminars through the end of the year:

August 13 - Kansas City, Mo.
August 17 - Chicago/ Aurora, Ill.
September 7 - Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas
September 11 - Denver/Longmont, Colo.
September 13 - Albuquerque
September 15 - Palmdale, Calif.
September 24 - Anchorage
October 5 - Huntsville, Ala.
November 7 - Detroit/Romulus, Mich.
Nov. 16 - Cleveland
Nov. 30 - Indianapolis
Dec. 7 - Atlanta/Peachtree City, Ga.
Dec. 11 - Hauppauge/Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

We now have a new and improved process for retirement seminar registration.

When you want to register for one of the above-referenced seminars, please do so by signing on to the NATCA Portal:

Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the "My Profile" tab.

To register for a seminar, click the "Events" tab. Then click "2012 Retirement Seminars-Membership Registration." Complete the requested information and hit "next." When you come to the screen listing the seminars, click on the box next to the one you wish to attend, hit "next," verify your requested seminar information and then click on the "done" key. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

For your guide to “Understanding your NATCA Federal Benefits Package,” please visit this Web site: If you attempt to register for a seminar on this site, it will automatically lead you to the NATCA Portal Web site.

If you have any questions regarding these events, registration process – or would like to have a retirement seminar take place in your area - please contact Sallie Sullivan at NATCA’s National Office by either emailing her at or calling 202-220-9803.

NATCA Portal: A Valuable Tool for You

Do you take advantage of the information your NATCA Portal provides? Get the latest NATCA member news, view essential NATCA documents and obtain important forms by using the NATCA Portal Web site.
In addition, you can change your address, update your email and cell phone number, and make requests for seminars and training classes.
Never accessed your portal before? No problem! Visit the Web site and simply go to the link entitled "Sign In Now!" next to "First Time Here?” on the center of the log-in page.

Sign on to your portal today and start enjoying these great NATCA benefits!

NATCA has also added a new feature to the portal that can help you locate your membership number. Simply answer a few security questions and your NATCA membership number will be instantly generated.

Visit and click on the link. This should make accessing the Membership Portal itself easier, as your NATCA membership number is required. If you have any questions, please contact New England Region RVP Mike Robicheau at

Want to Opt Out of Receiving Printed Version of Newsletter at Home?

If you would like to opt out of receiving the printed version of NATCA’s quarterly publication, the Air Traffic Controller, there are two ways to do so:

1. Go to the NATCA Members Portal at, log in, and simply UNCHECK the box where it indicates, “receive newsletter.”

2. Call the National Office at 800-266-0895 or 202-628-5451 and ask to speak with a Support Staff Specialist, who can update your listing in the membership database.

Please Help Us Identify Members in VLTP

We have added to our Web site a database of NATCA members currently in the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP). To reach that page, please click HERE. If you are in the program and would like to be added to the database, please email Director of Communications Doug Church (

Please consider a leave donation for these brothers and sisters.

Discounts Available at Two Ohio Amusement Parks

For members in Ohio and the Great Lakes Region, or for anyone planning a vacation to those areas this summer, a NATCA member from Indianapolis Center, John Pierce, has worked to get discounts at two popular amusement parks:

—  Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio): ?
—  Kings Island (Mason, Ohio):?; promo code: kinatca

New NATCA Organizing Facebook Page

NATCA Organizing has set up a new Facebook page. Help us spread the word to those working at contract towers:

This Week in Labor History

1860: Feminist and labor activist Charlotte Perkins Gilman is born in Hartford, Conn. Her landmark study, "Women and Economics," was radical; it called for the financial independence of women and urged a network of childcare centers.

1894: During a strike against the Pullman Palace Car Company, which had drastically reduced wages, buildings constructed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago's Jackson Park are set ablaze, reducing seven to ashes.

1916: AFL dedicates its new Washington, D.C. headquarters building at 9th St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW. The building, still standing, later becomes headquarters for the Plumbers and Pipefitters.

1934: Battle of Rincon Hill, San Francisco, in longshore strike. 5,000 strikers fought 1,000 police, scabs and national guardsmen.  Two strikers are killed, 109 people injured.  The incident, forever known as "Bloody Thursday," led to a General Strike.

1950: Two primary conventions of the United Nations' International Labor Organization come into force: Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize.

1964: President Johnson signs Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, forbidding employers and unions from discriminating on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, or religion.

2004: Building trades workers lay the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.