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NATCA Elects New Leadership to Take Union into 21st Century - (9/17/1997)

Washington, D.C. - The wait is finally over. After an additional month of balloting for runoff elections, members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association now know who will represent them in the union's top two posts.

NATCA President-Elect Mike McNally just completed a three-year term as the union's executive vice president and replacing him in that position is Randy Schwitz, formerly the Southern Region vice president. Before functioning as an elected leader in Washington, D.C., McNally worked as an air traffic controller for more than 10 years at New York Center in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. His involvement in the formation of a national air traffic controllers' union began in 1986. He is one of NATCA's remaining active founding members. When the organization became certified in 1987, he held many influential positions where he helped shape its foundation, procedures and policies.

"I will work diligently to empower NATCA's membership and aggressively pursue legislative initiatives to improve controller working conditions and aviation safety," said McNally. "My goal is to enhance communications at all levels of NATCA, and develop cooperative partnerships with labor, Congress, user groups and the Federal Aviation Administration."

In the past 10 years, McNally served as a member of NATCA's Contract Negotiating Team (1991-1993); New York Center, NATCA president (1988-1991); National Convention Rules Committee chairperson (1990-1994); National Constitution Committee member (1990-1994); Contract Resource Team member; and National Quality Through Partnership coordinator. McNally is also a registered lobbyist for NATCA and completed American Arbitration Association and George Meany Center arbitration training (1988-1991).

Schwitz has been an air traffic controller for more than 14 years at the air traffic control center in Hampton, Ga. He was elected Regional vice president of the Southern Region in 1990 and functioned in that position for three terms.

One regional race culminated in a runoff as well. Incumbent Jim Poole defeated Mark Scholl in the election for Great Lakes regional vice president.

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