Controllers Association President, Paul Rinaldi To Serve Second Term
By Mike Mitchell
April 3, 2012 - National Air Traffic Controllers
Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi and Executive
Vice President Trish Gilbert will serve a second
three-year term after an election deadline last Friday
passed without any nominations received from possible
challengers for either position. Rinaldi and Gilbert
will finish out their first term on August 31. Their
second term will run from Sept. 1, 2012 through Aug. 31,
am profoundly honored and excited to receive this
support from our members for the positive direction in
which we are proceeding as an organization,? Rinaldi
said. ?I am filled with pride to be able to continue to
serve them for another three years and lead this great
?We represent a tremendously skilled and professional group of aviation safety professionals that has made our aviation system the world?s safest and most efficient and are working collaboratively with the Federal Aviation Administration to move the system forward to even greater safety levels and success.?
the sixth president in NATCA?s 25-year history, will become the
third to serve two terms, joining Barry Krasner (1991-1997) and
John Carr (2000-2006). Gilbert, NATCA?s seventh executive vice
president, will become just the second to serve two terms,
joining Dr. Ruth Stilwell (formerly Dr. Ruth Marlin, 2000-2006).
?It has been a pleasure and an honor serving the hard-working men and women of NATCA,? Gilbert said. ?We are thrilled to serve a second term and continue the great work of making our union stronger and better than ever as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and move forward together into a future filled with opportunity and great optimism.?
who served as executive vice president from 2006-2009, assumed
national office after 16 years as an air traffic controller at
Washington-Dulles Tower (IAD). He served as facility
representative of the Dulles local chapter of NATCA, and also
served as alternate vice president of NATCA?s Eastern Region.
previously worked as a controller for 21 years at Houston Air
Route Traffic Control Center. She also served as facility
representative at Houston Center and also chaired NATCA?s
National Legislative Committee from 2005-2009.
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a labor
union in the United States. It is affiliated with the AFL-CIO,
and is the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic
controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA). It also represents a range of workers related to the Air
traffic control (ATC) industry, and the (FAA) itself.
NATCA was formed
in 1987, following the decertification of the Professional Air Traffic
Controllers Organization (PATCO), the organization involved in the well
known 1981 air traffic controllers' strike. NATCA promised to never
condone an illegal strike but does actively pressure Congress and the
FAA to hire more controllers and to accelerate the installation of
advanced air traffic control systems.
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