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Thursday, October 25, 2012

NATCA CISM Team and FAA EAP Program Share Important Collaboration Award

The NATCA Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and the FAA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) were presented with the Ross Von Weigand Award last Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) annual conference in Baltimore. The award honors an EAP that exemplifies an exceptional working relationship and cooperation between management and unions.

The award was introduced and presented by Pam Von Weigand, daughter of Ross Von Weigand, who spoke of her father's legacy of "bringing labor and management together to change lives." Ross Von Weigand was Director of Labor Management Services for the National Council on Alcoholism (NCA-now NCADD, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.). In 1971, he helped found the Association of Labor-Management Administrators and Consultants on Alcoholism (ALMACA), the predecessor of today's EAPA, and he served as its first vice president. He helped the ALMACA/EAPA define its original objectives and subsequently supervised the development of many early occupational alcoholism programs, the forerunners of EAPs. ALMACA/EAPA established the Ross Von Weigand Award in 1979.

Tom Morin (Boston Center), NATCA’s CISM Team Lead, attended the awards ceremony. He continues to emphasize the value and importance of collaboration in the CISM-EAP efforts.

“This is a huge honor for us,” Morin said. “The collaboration efforts with the agency help us get the right kind of help to our people faster. This award reflects the outstanding commitment and professionalism of our members who serve their fellow members in the CISM program. Our CISM Team is very fortunate to have a solid relationship with all levels of management in the FAA.”

To learn more about the NATCA CISM program, please click here.

Pictured left to right Gary DeFraia, Magellan Health Services Regional Director, Pam Von Weigand, Rosemary Katchmar, FAA National WorkLife Program Manager, Stacie Resnick, Magellan FAA Account Manager, Teresa Marler, FAA Director of Benefits and Worklife, and Tom Morin, NATCA CISM Team Lead (ZBW).

NATCA CISM Team Lead Tom Morin (ZBW), accepting the Ross Von Weigand Award on behalf of NATCA at the EAPA annual conference in Baltimore on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

ZOB Members Join Union Effort to Support President Obama

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Miami Locals Host Annual Charity Golf Tournament

President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert joined NATCA locals in South Florida last Monday, Oct. 22, for the annual South Florida ATC charity golf tournament. There were 146 golfers from Miami Tower/TRACON, Miami Center, Raytheon, Barco as well as some local management officials and several sponsors. The event raised over $18,000 for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. To see many more photos, please go the event's Facebook page here.

Pictured from left to right: Mark Mihalaki (ZMA), Linda Herbert from Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Bill Kisseadoo (MIA), Kathy Adcock (MIA), Scott Pearson (MIA) and James Wadsworth (ZMA).

Pictured left to right Jay Barrett (MIA), Mitch Herrick (MIA), Dan Ellenberger (retired, A80), Jim Marinitti (MIA)

Miami Center (ZMA) Celebrates International Day of the Air Traffic Controller

ZMA members gathered to celebrate International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) International Day of the Air Traffic Controller by hosting a cookout.

Pictured left to right ZMA Executive Board members Ben Causey, Joao Carvalho-Silva and Jim Wadsworth serving up burgers and dogs at the facility.

Potomac TRACON Hosts "Operation Raincheck"

Last week, Potomac TRACON hosted "Operation Raincheck," a gathering of local pilots looking to increase their knowledge and awareness of airspace and safety issues as well as getting to know what it's like from the ATC point of view. This program continues to be a big success. It's designed to build pilot confidence while operating in the National Airspace System and acquire information that will improve local pilots' cockpit resource management.  

PCT members' familiarization training for area pilots and flight crews was attended by over 120 local pilots. The participants received a general overview of PCT operations followed by detailed training on the Security Flight Restricted Area (SFRA), Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ), security operations, and helicopter and fighter jet intercept protocols. Along with question and answer sessions, tours of the PCT Operations Room were conducted.

Pilots receive a briefing inside PCT during the program.

PCT Members Brandon Miller, Beth Adams and Michelle Crain.

Drug & Alcohol Committee

The Drug & Alcohol Committee met with FAA and DOT representatives at the National Office on Oct. 24-25 in the Mike McNally Conference Room.