THIS WEEK’S NOTEBOOK: NATCA Wins NLRB Election at La Crosse, Wisc., FCT
Friday, May 03, 2013

On Wednesday, April 17, NATCA officially added La Crosse, Wisc., Federal Contract Tower to the union family!

The National Labor Relations Board election was completed and the ensuing setup process began. La Crosse is the 65th FCT that NATCA now represents. It’s also one of the towers slated for closure under sequestration in June. NATCA continues to fight those closures and all negative impacts of sequestration.

“It is great to be a part of giving a voice to fellow controllers who previously did not have one and also strengthening our NATCA membership,” said Organizing Committee Chairman John Bratcher. “It is truly amazing to see give a collective voice to a worker who otherwise would not have one. It is with the continued efforts to organize further locals within NATCA that we will ensure the future of our union and our profession.”

Information Technology Committee Seeking SMEs

The Information Technology Committee is looking for members to serve as subject matter experts in these three specialties:

1.  NATCA offers full website hosting services on our own servers that you would find at any hosted vendor. Websites are offered to Locals, Regions, Committees, NATCA business and personal member use. We offer traditional website hosting with Windows technology and also offer a fully supported Joomla and PHP/MySQL environment. Interested members should be willing to learn or already have knowledge and experience with the typical tasks for the administration, support and maintenance of our NATCA website environment.

2.  The NATCA IT Committee maintains GATS, the official grievance tracking system for NATCA. GATS is a custom-built internet-based application used by representatives nationwide. GATS runs on an Oracle database on one of NATCA's multiple internet servers. It is written in Oracle Application Express. Since 2008, much of the programming has been handled by a contractor, who develops new capabilities as directed by the NEB. Database administration is handled by another contractor, while server maintenance involves a third contractor who also handles all of NATCA's internet servers. Database updates, Windows updates, coordination with the physical data center, development platform updates and periodic issues are all handled by these personnel.

3.  Mobile Apps developer.

If you are interested in one of these positions, please contact Mike Robicheau at

BENEFIT HIGHLIGHT: Flowers Discount for Mother's Day

May 12 is Mother’s Day, one of the busiest times of the year for florists, so it’s never too soon to remind your members to order early to get on-time delivery from their local florists. Plus, they’ll get a 25 percent Union Plus discount on all flowers when they browse through the flower arrangements and order online.

Your members will make Mom happy with beautiful Mother’s Day-themed bouquets hand-delivered by a local florist rather than flowers delivered in a box by express mail – all with a 25 percent discount!
Visit this website to learn more about this discount.  To see more about this benefit and other great benefits available to NATCA members, visit the Benefits section of the website at


It's Big! It's Rugged! This week's featured item from the NATCA Store is a break-resistant plastic caddy with non-skid base. 5 ¾ " tall x 4 ¼ " in diameter. Smoke color with the NATCA logo screen-printed.  Suitable for office use. Also great for workshops, auto/garage, arts and crafts, healthcare and engineering. Comes with large, deep sections for tall or bulky items and smaller sections for pens, pencils, markers, etc. JUST $10! Union-made in the U.S.

Click here to see the item and order it on the NATCA Store website.

To view our other products, log on to  For assistance, please call 800-266-0895 or email

Upcoming Retirement Seminars

May 6 - Oklahoma City
May 10 - Pembroke Pines, Fla.
May 16 -Portland, Ore.
May 20 - Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 24 - Chicago
June 7 - Columbus, Ohio
June 22 - San Antonio
June 28 - Hamilton, N.J.
September 23 - Charlotte
September 27 - Fairbanks, Alaska
October 1 - Grand Rapids, Mich.
October 3 - St Charles, Mo.

If you wish 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 "2013 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.

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.

ATC Ski Event next January

The next event of the Golden Flight Level (GFL) international ATC skiing event will be in Slovenia next January.

For more information, please click here.

For questions, please email here.