Air traffic control is not a job. It’s a passion. But sometimes, things take us away from it - whether we want them to or not. Sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently. First and foremost, medical restrictions for critical safety positions are stringent and the obligation to report is serious.
Our Drug and Alcohol committee spent the last several years working with the FAA Aeromedical Office to finally allow ATCs to apply for medical clearance with Special Consideration if prescribed or currently taking one of four identified SSRI medications.
For more information about the four SSRI medications and the agreement reached between NATCA and the FAA, or just want to talk with somebody that has gone through the Special Consideration process, please reach out to your RVP or the Drug and Alcohol Committee.
While you are unable to perform active air traffic control duties, work with your FacRep to be assigned other duties in accordance with Article 45 of our collective bargaining agreement. On occasion, a medical disqualification may lead you to another non-safety sensitive position inside the Agency or a medical retirement. NATCA can help facilitate both of those.
4 Square Financial Literacy Partners
Advice regarding retirement is available through NATCA’s contracted experts at 4 Square Financial Literacy Partners.
You have Workers Compensation rights in the event of an on-the-job injury or occupational illness. NATCA has training on OWCP and a national committee with regional representatives. They can help with the process when dealing with both the FAA and the Department of Labor.
NATCA has a relationship with UNUM insurance company to provide long-term disability insurance to members. This policy is written specifically to provide coverage for members who are required to maintain a medical certificate as a condition of employment.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
Our CISM team is available to help you. CISM is a peer-to-peer service designed to help during a post-accident time or personal crisis. Call the on-call peer coordinator at 202-505-CISM (2476). They are on call 24/7. You will reach the voicemail. Leave your contact info, and someone will call. Messages are kept strictly confidential. You also can reach them via email at CISM@natca.net.
Magellan/FAA WorkLife Solutions
Please take advantage of support services available to you at
MagellanHealth.com/member or (800) 234-1327. Our members need to be aware of the employee assistance program. We encourage you to use it. We need to remove the stigma associated with the provider and the fear surrounding anything we think may affect our medical clearance. Just seeking counseling for dealing with grief is not an issue for our employer. Someone’s life always is more important than a paycheck or even a job.
Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS)
NATCA has contracted with the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS). It is a great resource if you have questions about your medical and/or medication.
Like in any family, our work family can come with its own challenges to our mental health. Workplace conflict can create a risk, not only to us as individuals, but to the system as a whole if there is no means to work through that conflict. That’s why we created the RESPECT initiative. It’s designed to establish and support a workplace that creates an environment of mutual dignity, support, and respect among all individuals who work together to protect the National Airspace System.