Air Traffic Controller's Contract Extended


Staff member
Jun 11, 2008
This is an announcement from the President and Executive VP of NATCA

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We have just returned from FAA headquarters and now are extremely proud and excited to share with you this great news: We have signed an agreement to extend our existing collective bargaining agreement that covers our air traffic controller, NOTAM and TMU bargaining units!

The extension begins on Oct. 1, 2012 and ends on July 1, 2016.

This extension is validation that we are on the right track and successfully building and growing a collaborative relationship that is providing a solid foundation for modernizing the National Airspace System and giving the American traveling public the very best and safest air transportation system in the world. We remain squarely focused on safety and this new agreement provides stability for our workforce to continue the great work that has already started.

We are issuing a joint press statement with the FAA, which reads:

"The hard work and dedication of the FAA's 15,000 air traffic controllers help make it possible for millions of Americans to travel safely in our nation’s skies each year. As we remain squarely focused on safety, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) have agreed to extend their existing contract through July 1, 2016. This contract extension will provide stability for our workforce, ensure continued collaboration to transform the air traffic system through NextGen delivering more on-time and fuel-efficient flights, and continue to provide the safest air transportation system in the world."

The extension is the Red Book in its entirety. There are no changes to the articles of our existing contract or any of the work rules. What is new is a memorandum of understanding covering pay, which we have attached to this email. Under the MOU, annual pay increases are tied to the federal government’s general schedule increases and step increases. For example, bargaining unit members will receive the same annual increase that federal employees receive under the general schedule. Additionally, unless step increase are denied to federal employees statutorily, this new agreement allows for a 1.6 percent longevity increase in raise and/or payments as specified in the MOU.

The great, hard-working and supremely skilled and determined NATCA family shares in achieving this notable accomplishment and delivering a memorable day in this our 25th anniversary celebration. We want to thank all of you for your support of NATCA. We also want to offer a special thank you to our National Executive Board, our facility representatives and local executive boards, our committees, our workgroups, collaborative process representatives, our hundreds of safety and technology representatives who are helping us deliver big successes in our commitment to modernization, our National Office staff and every one of you who has contributed your time and energy to our collective efforts. Everybody has a piece of this confluence of commitment, achievement and progress.

While we celebrate this news, we also are committed to each of our other bargaining units as well. Our work is not finished where they are concerned. There are other collective bargaining agreements that are set to expire and we are also focused on delivering an inaugural agreement for our 2186s.

Thank you again and congratulations!

In solidarity,

Paul Rinaldi

Trish Gilbert
Executive Vice President


Epic Member
Jan 14, 2009
Explain this money situation? We get the standard federal raise??? But if there is none, we get 1.6% anyway?


Senior Analyst
Jul 3, 2009
Explain this money situation? We get the standard federal raise??? But if there is none, we get 1.6% anyway?

We get a general increase if the GS employees get one in January ( this is what has recently been frozen )

We get our equivalent of a step ( 1.6% EVERY year ) if the GS employees get their step incease ( this HAS NOT been frozen )

I do not think it is is the equivalent of an airline "me too" clause.

Also it is important to remember that GS employees do not get a step increase throughout their starts every year then every other year then every three years I believe.


Aug 13, 2009
Step increases for GS employees vary depending on the GS level and step but they are around 3%. The length between step increases is either 1, 2 or 3 years. So the average length between step increases is 2 years and that would equate to an annual increase of around 1.5% which is where I think the 1.6 figure came from. GS employees get that in addition to annual cost of living increases which are set by congress and the president every January. The cost of living increases are the ones that have been frozen. GS employees have continued to receive step increases during the pay freeze. There has been some talk in congress to freeze those as well but it doesn't seem likely to pass. Congress is currently arguing over whether to give GS employees an increase of one half of one percent next January(President Obama's proposal) or continue the pay freeze (advocated by numerous republicans). For example, if the president's proposal was to become law, GS employees would get an increase of one half of one percent next January and any step increase they are scheduled to receive. Under this same senario controllers would receive the same one half of one percent next January and a 1.6% increase in lieu of a step increase. What I am not sure of is when the 1.6% increase would take effect. Step increases for GS employees are individually scheduled based on when the employee was promoted to their current GS level.