25 Years of NATCA in Action,
Educating & Advocating on Capitol Hill
May 20-23, 2018
2018 Ask: Oppose Cuts to Federal Employee Retirements
During our Union’s annual lobbying event, NATCA members met with nearly every member of Congress and communicated our vigorous opposition to any legislation that would attack federal employee wages and benefits. Congress should not try to balance the federal budget on the backs of federal employees, including NATCA members, by making cuts to their wages and benefits.

More information: Read NATCA President Paul Rinaldi's May 23 opinion/editorial column in The Hill on this issue. Read here

(Photo above, of NiW participants on the southeast corner of the U.S. Capitol on May 22, taken by NATCA Miami ATCT [MIA] member Douglas Jones).
Rinaldi and Gilbert Emphasize the Importance of Building Relationships
“It’s all because of your legislative activism, the work you do back at your facilities, to show what we do for a living. It’s relationship-building,” Gilbert said. 
Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell Says Funding Stability is Key
"I am committed to ensuring that you get the resources you need to continue delivering the level of service that the American people have come to expect," he said.
Sen. Schumer: 'I've Got Your Back'
The Senate Democratic Leader was greeted with a warm, long ovation. “Yours is one of the most important jobs in America,” he said. “You do it so amazingly well. I respect you, I admire you, and I’ve always been there for you."
NATCAvists Thank Rep. Ros-Lehtinen for Unrelenting Support

"During my many years in Congress I have been proud to lend my support to NATCA and I have enjoyed the relationships that we have fostered throughout the years," said Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring after this term.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Champion for NATCA, Lauds NATCAvists' Work on Funding Issue
"Air traffic control, FAA, and all other federal agencies need reliability in the appropriations process so they can prepare and plan for each year ahead with a clear picture of the resources available to them,” Lowey said.
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NLC Member Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik (SBA) Presented With the Trish Gilbert Legislative Activism Award
"I know that no matter what I give back to NATCA, it will never be as much as NATCA gives to me," she said. "This award represents every single one of us in this room. I cannot wait to hit the Hill with every single one of you and I thank you with all of my heart."
NiW Today: Your Complete Legislative Briefing Book
Our 2018 edition of the NiW Today briefing book provides a comprehensive, 82-page guide to the event, the issues, meeting tips, and key legislative reference material.
NiW 2018 Photo Album
Thank you to our photographers at NATCA in Washington: NATCA members Douglas Jones (MIA) and Jay Tilles (ZTL). This album also includes photos from our members, taken during their trips to Capitol Hill. Share your Capitol Hill photos with us by sending your photos to niwphotos@natca.net. Please include in your email a caption naming who is featured in your photo.
NCF Raises Nearly $15,000 During Very Successful Activities at NiW
The NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) had an outstanding, record-breaking event at NATCA in Washington (NiW) 2018. The charity's average fundraising at NiW is a little over $8,000 with a high of $10,000. This year, NCF raised $14,757!
Regional Legislative Award Winners
Every year, the National Legislative Committee (NLC) selects an activist from each region to receive a Regional Legislative Award at NATCA in Washington. These members are selected for a variety of reasons but they share a common mission: support the Union through legislative activism. For their passionate activism and unwavering commitment to NATCA’s legislative endeavors, this year the NLC selected these 10 NATCAvists as regional legislative award winners:

Northwest Mountain
Jenny Benjamin
Denver/Centennial ATCT (APA)

Western Pacific
Joel Ortiz
Southern California TRACON (SCT)

Juan Serna-Spuler
San Francisco ATCT (SFO)

Southwest
Berkley Atkins
Tulsa ATCT (TUL)

Central
Melissa Tinzmann
St. Louis/Lambert ATCT (STL)

Great Lakes
Mitch Becker
Minneapolis Center (ZMP)

TC Davis
Minneapolis-St. Paul ATCT (MSP)

New England
Jeff Aulbach
Boston Center (ZBW)

Eastern
Kristena Jones
Washington Center (ZDC)

Southern
Anthony Schifano
Charlotte ATCT (CLT)
Save the Date: NATCA in Washington 2019
NATCA in Washington next year will be held May 20-22, 2019.