NATCA, aviation groups, and members of Congress will detail how the shutdown is affecting the National Airspace System and must end now

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and leaders from a large cross section of the aviation community will gather for a rally today, Jan. 10, on Capitol Hill to demand an end to the government shutdown. Now in its 19th day, every day the shutdown continues it further disrupts our aviation system. Speakers will detail how the shutdown is negatively affecting their important segments of the system.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, 1 p.m. EST.

WHERE: First St. NE & Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.; Senate East Front Plaza, Grassy Area #9.

LINEUP OF SPEAKERS:

(Emcee – NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert)

Paul Rinaldi, President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

Pete Bunce, President, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Chairman, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Capt. Joe DePete, President, Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA)

Spencer Dickerson Senior Executive Vice President for Global Operations, American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)

Sean Kennedy, Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Airlines for America (A4A)

Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y.

Sara Nelson, International President, Association of Flight Attendants, CWA (AFA)

Mike Perrone, President, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS)

Senator Mark Warner, D-Va.

Larry Willis, President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD)

Brian Wynne, CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

(Additional members of Congress may attend and speak.)

MORE INFORMATION: Doug Church, Deputy Director of Public Affairs; 301-346-8245, dchurch@natcadc.org.

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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA was certified in 1987 by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Today, NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, 4 Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 102 federal contract towers. These air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals make vital contributions to the U.S. economy and make modern life possible by coordinating the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of nearly one billion aviation passengers and millions of tons of freight within the National Airspace System each year. NATCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.