The aftermath continues. Help support our NATCA family in Puerto Rico.
White House’s proposed budget could have significant impact on federal employees and retirees.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Because of the procedural rules of the Senate and House, it now seems very likely that Congress will not pass a funding measure by m...idnight EST to keep the federal government open and operating. As a result, as of Friday, Feb. 9, at 12:01 a.m. EST, it appears that federal appropriations authority will lapse, and the government will officially shut down for the second time in less than a month.
While all NATCA members perform duties that are critical and essential to the National Airspace System (NAS), more than 3,000 NATCA-represented employees will be furloughed. These furloughed members work across nearly all of our bargaining units at air traffic control and other FAA facilities. They are among the hundreds of thousands of federal employees negatively affected by the government shutdown. When these professionals are prohibited from working as a result of political brinksmanship, the flying public and the NAS suffer.
We recognize that this is a stressful situation for you and your families. We know that you likely have questions about the shutdown and how it will affect you. Although we may not currently have answers to every question, we have prepared answers to the most frequently asked questions. The Shutdown FAQ, Appendix P-4 from the Slate Book, and the Feb. 9 Furlough Implementation MOU are on the NATCA website at natca.org/shutdown.
If you have any additional questions, please send them to 2018FebFurlough@natca.net for response.
There is a lot of activity happening on the Hill tonight and it will continue into the early morning hours. NATCA is monitoring this situation closely. We will send out additional member updates as we have news to share.
We will not rest until Congress ends this latest shutdown. We will continue to advocate for our furloughed members to return to work, and for all NATCA members ultimately to get paid for this time, whether they were furloughed or not. In the long term, we will continue to be advocates for the NAS to have the funding certainty it needs.
Executive Vice President
The government is open again (until Feb 8), but stop-and-go funding continues to hurt the National Airspace System.
Rinaldi said that every day the #FAA spends handling a shutdown hurts the agency’s ability to operate. “You can’t do any long-term planning. Today, you have a w...hole FAA. that’s not working on anything that is modernizing our system.” https://www.nytimes.com/…/…/us/shutdown-federal-workers.html
Your congresspeople need to hear from you!
As we near the end of the second full day of this government shutdown, we are watching the Senate closely. A vote on a proposal to fund the government through F...eb. 8 is scheduled for noon EST Monday morning in the Senate. That motion will need 60 votes to move forward. If the Senate passes the measure, the House is prepared to come back into session and vote.
NATCA has publicly condemned this shutdown. It is offensive to all of us who serve the American public. This includes both those who have been furloughed and those who are working without pay to ensure the National Airspace System (NAS) is the world’s safest and most efficient.
All aviation safety professionals in all bargaining units work together with our certified professional controllers in order for the NAS to function at top safety and efficiency. We wouldn’t ask a surgeon to perform an operation without the assistance of a support team, and we shouldn’t be asking air traffic controllers to continue working without support staff. Right now, our controllers are being asked to maintain the safety and efficiency of the system without the necessary contribution of 3,000 NATCA-represented aviation safety professionals who are now furloughed as a result of the shutdown.
This situation is unacceptable. It places an unfair burden on those who are working and creates unnecessary financial stress for those who are ready, willing, and able to perform their duties, but are furloughed through no fault of their own. We will not rest until Congress ends this shutdown.
In the last few days, NATCA members have sent thousands of emails to their senators. If you haven’t emailed your senators to express your outrage, now is the time to let them hear from you.
Please click https://actionnetwork.org/…/action-alert-a-government-shutd… to email your senators.
If you have a question, please send it to 2018JanFurlough@natca.net.
Paul Rinaldi, NATCA President
Trish Gilbert, NATCA Executive Vice President https://actionnetwork.org/…/action-alert-a-government-shutd…
NATCA condemns shutdown that harms National Airspace System
The government will shut down at midnight unless a bill is passed. We need NATCA members to email their U.S. senators to tell them to stop the government shutdown.
Please click here to email your senators: https://actionnetwork.org/…/action-alert-a-government-shutd…
Former airline lobbyist taking over FAA as acting chief.
C90 ranks #5 overall busiest TRACON in the country (and busiest stand-alone) with over 1.2M ops in FY2016!
List of the top 50 busiest U.S. Approach Controls ranked from highest to lowest (Official)
#BraggingRights #WhosNumber1 #WhosNumber50
Government shutdown looms if Congress does not come to spending agreement by December 8.
San Juan Tower FacRep Kyrandgel Rios shared this update last week on the conditions for our members in Puerto Rico & their communities:
Minutes after the gover...nor announced that we had restored 50% electricity, we lost all power. Three plants went out of service and we are back to square one. Hospitals are back to being without electricity, although I hear that they will be priority number one. The malls closed and evacuated everyone.
Supplies from NATCA came yesterday and they were well received. I’m expecting another care package from Miami Center very soon.
Up until today, about half of our members had electricity, which was saving us a little money since we were spending $15-25 a day on gas.
Our brothers & sisters in Puerto Rico are still in need. Help them by giving to the disaster relief fund.
Catastrophic engine failure and a safe landing at Campbell Field!
After he experienced catastrophic engine failure, Chicago TRACON controllers helped a pilot find a safe place to land: "The controller said to look southwest... And I knew I was going to make it to an airport environment."