At the time of the reauthorization, after 23 short-term extensions, the parties were already two years into a new three-year contract negotiated in 2009. The new law provides for mandatory mediation and interest rate arbitration in the event that the parties fail to reach an agreement in future contract negotiations and ensure that there are never again unilaterally imposed terms of employment. We are pleased to inform you that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (AFL-CIO) have reached an interim agreement on a new collective agreement (CBA). This CBA includes air traffic control specialists, traffic management coordinators/specialists, air traffic controllers assigned to the flight option and communication to Airmen specialists (NOTAMS). 2013 SLI CBAL agreement between NATCA and the Department of Defense Army National Guard National Guard Bureau Readiness Center, Los Alamitos Aviation Division (SLI), Los Alamitos, Calif. The agreement reinforces the FAA`s existing policy, which prohibits air traffic controllers from sleeping while performing assigned duties. We are proud of this new agreement and are convinced that the early stages of implementation can lead to challenges, but we will work together to ensure the successful implementation of the shale book. This new treaty is the culmination of several years of NATCA`s efforts. In February 2012, NATCA asked Congress to successfully amend Title 49 of the U.S.
Code in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FAA Reauthorization). With this law, tens of thousands of union members have been re-established within the FAA of fundamental collective rights – rights that are the heart and soul of a union. We negotiated this agreement as part of this legislation. “This agreement was achieved through a collaborative process that builds on our successful working relationships at all levels of the FAA and NATCA,” said Paul Rinaldi, President of NATCA. “This agreement recognizes the critical role NATCA members play in fulfilling the FAA`s mission that U.S. airspace is the safest and most effective system in the world.” We believe that this new agreement will allow you to continue to draw your attention to the important tasks of maintaining the safety and effectiveness of the SIN. Your skills and professionalism are shown every day, as millions of people rely on us for safe air travel, and we thank you for that. This CBA reflects the close collaboration developed by the FAA and NATCA over the past seven years. This agreement builds on what we established in our last treaty, including our efforts to modernize the national airspace system and continue to provide the public with the safest and most efficient airspace system in the world. The next step will be for NATCA to pass on the agreement to its members for ratification.
NATCA expects the process to be completed by mid-July.