New Contract Signed for Three NATCA Bargaining Units
Friday, May 24, 2013
NATCA President Paul Rinaldi (left) and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta sign the new agreement.
Officials from NATCA and the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday (May 22) signed the new collective bargaining agreement that was recently ratified by members of the Engineers & Architects, Staff Support Specialists and Aviation Technical Systems Specialists (Series 2186) bargaining units.
NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta praised the atmosphere of collaboration and mutual respect in which both parties continue to work. Rinaldi said that is key in matters of contract negotiations, where the parties inevitably have some differences to work through during the process.
“The true test of our relationship is how we deal with our differences,” Rinaldi said.
Huerta noted the “hard work invested in this relationship.”
“It means so much that we are able to do it together,” he said.
Members from the bargaining units approved the agreement by an 83.06 percent margin.
“This is a great day for our Engineers and Architects, Staff Support Specialists and Aviation Technical Systems Specialists bargaining units,” Region X Vice President Mike MacDonald said. “There was a tremendous amount of work and dedication that went into this new agreement and it’s very gratifying to witness the signing of a contract that means so much to these dedicated aviation safety professionals.”
NATCA Contract Team Members (from left to right); Alternate Eastern Regional Vice President Dean Iacopelli, Great Lakes Regional Vice President Bryan Zilonis and Deputy General Counsel Eugene Freedman.