If you have not already done so, please reserve your hotel room as soon as possible. 
Hotel rooms are not automatically booked when you register for Convention. NATCA arranged discounted rates in the three union hotels located in downtown Philadelphia: the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, and the Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City-Convention Center. Once NATCA's reserved hotel rooms are fully booked, no additional rooms will be added and you will have to find your own accommodations! Click here  for more information and a link to book your room(s).
CONVENTION GEAR: Deadline to Order Merchandise Is This Friday!
NATCA has produced a variety of Convention themed gear for sale.  The cutoff for ordering any of this merchandise is this Friday, Feb. 23. These items include the Liberty Bell t-shirt ($22), the Liberty Bell thick hooded sweatshirt ($48), the Liberty Bell thin hooded sweat ($50), the women's long sleeve raglan "Love" shirts ($48), and the men's tiger stripe polo ($48). If you want to order any of these items, don't wait. Order them today at the Convention  registration page .
What happens at NATCA's Convention?
NATCA's Biennial Convention is where delegates from all locals gather together to makes decisions about the Union's Constitution and Standing Rules. Learn more.
EVENTS: Register Now to Ensure Your Entry, Get the Best Prices
We have four evening events in Philadelphia that require advance registration: the Opening Reception on Tuesday, April 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the National Constitution Center, the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) Solidarity Event on Wednesday, April 18 from 7-11 p.m. at Eastern State Penitentiary, the Regional Dinners on Thursday, April 19 starting at 7 p.m. at various locations, and the Closing Banquet on Friday, April 20 from 7-11 p.m. at Reading Terminal Market. The Solidarity Event and the Closing Banquet also require advance payment with your registration.

NCF Solidarity Event:
On or before March 20:  Over 21 - $25 | Under 21 - $10
March 21 to April 13:  Over 21 - $50 | Under 21 - $15
After April 13:  Over 21 - $100 | Under 21 - $25
Closing Banquet:
On or before March 20:  Over 21 - $50 | Under 21 - $20
March 21 to April 13:  Over 21 - $75 | Under 21 - $30
After April 13:  Over 21 - $150 | Under 21 - $40
To learn more about each of these evening events, plus other exciting events, and how to register for each, please visit our convention webpage.

Please sign up yourself and your guests as soon as possible and spread the word to your attending members to do so as well so that we can continue to prepare for your arrival and plan what we believe will be a fabulous week of business and solidarity.

FLYING TO PHL: American Airlines Offering Discount Code  
We are pleased to announce that American Airlines is sponsoring our opening reception on Tuesday, April 17! As part of this partnership, American is offering a 7% discount code for NATCA 17th Biennial Convention attendees to apply to their air travel to and from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). If you have not yet booked your airline tickets and would like to travel on American, use promo code 9748EE at time of purchase. Travel must be between April 10-25. Visit
NATCA's Constitution and Rules
NATCA is governed through its Constitution and Standing Rules that determine membership requirements; the leadership structure of our Union at the national, regional and local levels; how we elect leaders; seniority; national committees; membership dues; finances; how we hold conventions; and our Union's core beliefs. Learn more.
PRE-CONVENTION CLASSES: Please Join Us on Tuesday, April 17 
We hope your travel plans will allow for arrival into Philadelphia in time to take advantage of our exciting lineup of pre-convention classes on Tuesday, April 17 at the  Convention Center. Classes begin at noon. No advance registration is needed.

Mock ConventionMany may be nervous to go to the microphone at the convention. Learn the techniques to better prepare yourself, with special guest President Emeritus John Carr. 
Times: Noon- 12:45 p.m.; 1-1:45; 2-2:45; 3-3:45.
Class Instructor: The NATCA Constitution Committee.

NATCA 101: NATCA 101 provides members with basic education of who NATCA is, where NATCA comes from, what our union offers, and why. The class is intended to introduce our newer members to the organization and structure of NATCA, as well as refresh and encourage those looking to get more involved.
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Class Instructor: The NATCA Reloaded Committee.

Having a Difficult Conversation:  Not every problem has a perfect solution, but communication is the key to working through difficult conversations and finding the right path forward. Communicating is hard, even more so when there is a conflict or disagreement, a personal issues, or a problem to address. Here is an opportunity for NATCA members to learn constructive ways to have those tough conversations.  
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Class Instructor: The NATCA Reloaded Committee.

Importance of Pre-Construction MeetingsConstruction and maintenance activities can have occupational safety and health, and environmental related impacts on Air Traffic and Airway Facilities operations. As Aviation Safety Professionals, your attendance and attention to these important collaborative events is vital. 
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Class Instructor: The NATCA OSHA Committee.

How to Keep Your Local Out of JailLearn the correct ways to keep track of your local's financial records and various other documents, and improve your knowledge of NATCA, the Department of Labor, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules. Understand the importance of strict record keeping, consistent financial records for your local, and how to provide written documentation to meet financial guidelines.
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Class Instructor: The NATCA Finance Committee.

Say Again; Best Practices to Communicate:  Whether it's a face-to-face conversation, a text, or a written e-mail exchange, a meaningful message entails establishing a connection that leaves a powerful impression. Discover the different methods of communication and the best ways to use them.
Time: 2:30-4:30.
Class Instructor: The NATCA Reloaded Committee.

Know Your OSHA and OWCP RightsLearn the requirements and rights that apply to you as related to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) .  
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Class Instructors: The NATCA OSHA/OWCP Committees.

NATCA Charitable Foundation 101:  This class is brief overview of the history of the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) and the organization's current structure. You'll learn about the symbiotic relationship between the charitable foundation, the Union itself, and its members.
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Class Instructors: The NATCA Charitable Foundation.

More information coming soon about additional classes in the works.


Join us as we take a look back at the first 16 NATCA Biennial Conventions, starting with the founding convention in 1986. Read more .

The NATCA Charitable Foundation is playing a key role at Convention, with events benefitting local Philadelphia charities. Learn more.

All of our events are in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. One great resource to learn your way around is this interactive map. Click here.
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