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The Delegate: Issue 2

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Delegates: Keep NATCA at Table for Reform Discussions Rinaldi's Challenge to Delegates: Position NATCA for Greatness On day t wo of N ATC A's 16th Biennial Convention, the convention body stood in solidarity and resoundingly struck down several resolutions that would have tied the hands of NATCA's leadership to advocate for Union members and protect the workforce on issues related to air traffic control reform. T h e b o d y h e l d ex te n s i ve d e b a te o n resolutions R16-12, R16-06, R16-08, and R16- 11. During debate, many members took to the microphones to lend their voices to the strong opposition to the resolutions. Houston Center FacRep Chris Parris argued that he would rather "our leaders be in the room to have this discussion" than be precluded from participation. Los Angeles Center (ZLA) FacRep Nate Pair also stood in opposition and made clear that all of ZLA's more than 250 members and its four delegates in attendance "oppose anything that would restrict the NEB (National Executive Board) and our leadership from doing what they need to do to protect our members' rights." ✪ DIGITAL RESOURCES: NATCA MOBILE APP View the 2016 Convention agenda, speaker profiles, hotel maps, and local area information. Access the NATCA Constitution, Robert's Rules of Order, Proposed Amendments and Resolutions, and other NATCA documents via the NATCA mobile app. These documents can be viewed on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. To download, visit the app store on your mobile device. ✪ RESOLUTIONS/UNTIMELY AMENDMENTS: GUIDELINES For inclusion in the afternoon's business, resolutions and untimely amendments must be submitted in writing, only after the rules have been passed, and before 11:30 a.m. of the day on which they can be heard. Submissions can be made using the form at Visit that URL directly or scan the QR code at left. The Delegate P U B L I S H E D F O R N ATC A ' S 1 6 t h B I E N N I A L CO N V E N T I O N F R I DAY, S E PT E M B E R 2 , 2 01 6 Addressing NATCA's supreme convention body for an unprecedented fourth time as its president, Paul Rinaldi took Convention attendees on a compelling and educational tour of the Union's first 30 years and 15 conventions. He started at the birth of the Union in Chicago in 1986 and brought attendees through the challenges and triumphs that have shaped the course of both the past and the present. As for the future, Rinaldi had a special message for the packed room in San Diego as it prepared to begin its work at NATCA's 16th Biennial Convention. "I believe that you will move us from good to great," he said. "This is our time to rise above the 'me, my, and I.' You need to say what you need to say. You need to lead this Union into the future. You can't sit this one out. This is serious stuff, I promise you that." continued on page 5 continued on page 3

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