NATCA to distribute leaflets at Dulles on government shutdown

Local members of National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) have announced they will begin distributing informational leaflets at Dulles International Airport to expand the discussion about the effects of the partial government shutdown, the organization said.

NATCA will begin handing out informational leaflets on Thursday, January 17. Participating air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals plan to engage with travelers to explain how the partial government shutdown is detrimental to the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System. Other leafleting began this week at the Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Raleigh-Durham airports, along with dozens of others. NATCA members plan to expand these activities to about 50 additional airports around the country in coming days.

NATCA members will distribute brochures explaining how the shutdown results in air traffic controllers being compelled to work without a timely paycheck, and how other aviation safety professionals are being furloughed. Participating members will explain how the shutdown will worsen a controller staffing crisis that has existed since a previous government shutdown in 2013. They will describe how the shutdown stopped all modernization projects at the FAA.

NATCA is a federal sector labor union represents nearly 20,000 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 FAA.