THIS WEEK’S NOTEBOOK: Finance Committee Says Goodbye to Veteran Members, Welcomes New Additions
Friday, June 14, 2013

National Finance Committee (NFC) Chairman Brian Dowd (BUF) joined the committee in the summer of 2004 along with Denver Center Member Rick Scott. Dowd said Scott’s trademark was a large, unique calculator that he brought to meetings and other functions.

“Rick is a real numbers guy. That calculator is just a simple one with 10 numbers and function keys,” said Dowd, who pointed out that what stands out about the device is its unusual size. “It’s bigger than an iPad. He took that with him everywhere.”

Says Dowd: “The only thing bigger than Rick’s calculator was his heart.”

It’s one of many things Dowd said he will miss about Scott, who stepped down from the committee effective June 1 and is planning to retire late next year. “Now is the best time for somebody else to take over as the Northwest’s representative to the NFC,” Scott said.

Replacing Scott on the NFC is Denver TRACON Member Dave Riley. In addition to Scott, other veteran NFC members to leave the committee recently are Rick Schmidt (Chicago TRACON) and former chairman Andy Heifner (St. Louis TRACON).

Dallas/Fort Worth Hosting ATC Softball Tournament Sept. 28-29

The ATC Softball Tournament is coming back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sept. 28-29 and registration is now open.

Event organizers are asking facilities to confirm by August 1 if they will field a team. The entry fee of $500 per team is due Sept. 1. The first 16 teams to respond, confirm and pay will have a guaranteed spot in the tournament. Other teams to respond after that will be put on a waiting list should one of the 16 withdraw.

Please email Jeremy Hughes at to confirm or ask questions.


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BENEFITS SPOTLIGHT: Get Your Union Discount On Car and Truck Rentals Today

Union members deserve more ways to save. Union Plus is making that happen by expanding your options for saving on car rentals.

Because you are a union member, you are eligible for a Union Plus discount of up to 25 percent on your next rental.

To take advantage of the best rates under this program, reserve online by visiting or call:

- Alamo Car Rental at 1-800-462-5266. Mention ID# 7015700.
- Avis Car Rental at 1-800-698-5685. Mention AWD# B723700.
- Budget Car Rental at 1-800-455-2848. Mention BCD# V816100.
- Enterprise Car Rental at 1-877-222-9711. Dedicated toll-free number. No code needed.
- Hertz Car Rental at 1-800-654-2200. Mention CDP# 205666.
- National Car Rental at 1-800-227-7368. Mention ID# 5029562

Also be sure to visit the Union Plus website for additional savings coupons that change periodically.

Are you a Union Plus Credit Card holder? Use your card to make your reservation at Avis or Budget and automatically get the discount.

Need a truck or van? Save 20 percent on truck rental rates for local or one-way moves. Trucks must be reserved online at or by calling 1-800-561-1157 and mentioning BART Discount Number 56000127763. Discount cannot be applied at the rental counter; it must be applied at the time of the online or over-the-phone reservation.

Union members in the New York City and Hoboken, NJ areas can also save with Connect by Hertz car sharing program. Learn more at

To see more about this benefit and other great benefits available to NATCA members visit the Benefits section of the NATCA members Only website at

NEW Resources On Website

We’ve added two new resources to our website:

1. Collective Bargaining Agreement Resource Guides: These resource guides cover four of NATCA’s collective bargaining agreements, covering the ATC, Flight Service Station, Multi-Unit and RVA bargaining units. They are designed to provide background information, explanation, and pertinent resource material for interpretation and administration of the respective CBAs.
Please click here.
2. Accident Checklist for NATCA Facility Representatives: The NATCA ASI Committee has updated its Accident Checklist for NATCA Facility Representatives. You can find the new checklist on our “Need Help Now?” page on the website, which also includes a link to the CISM website and the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service quarterly newsletters. Please click HERE.

June 22 - San Antonio
June 28 - Hamilton, N.J.
July 19 – Salt Lake City
September 23 - Charlotte
September 27 - Fairbanks, Alaska
October 1 - Grand Rapids, Mich.
October 3 – St. Charles, Mo.
October 7 - Phoenix
December 3 – Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
December 5 – Providence, R.I.

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 website: 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.