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WELCOME TO PHILADELPHIA! We the People... will join together in Philadelphia, our nation's birthplace, labor's heartbeat, the city of brotherly love, home of the 2018 Super Bowl Champions, the newly-crowned 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions, the famous Philly Cheesesteak, Rocky, Benjamin Franklin, and NATCA's 17th Biennial Convention. Our founding fathers first envisioned what this nation could be here in Philadelphia, and the city is where they created and signed the documents that would determine how the United States is governed. Our country was formed in this city on the then-radical principles of democracy and freedom. The founding fathers were visionaries for their time, and they understood that society would progress and that changes would be necessary. Because of their foresight, the United States Constitution is a living document that has undergone many changes and amendments since it was ratified in 1788, allowing for continued societal progress. In the same way, the NATCA Constitution is a living document. Every two years, we come together to discuss issues vital to our Union and make any changes the convention body deems necessary to ensure a strong future for our workforce and the National Airspace System. That is our task this week as we continue to strive for greatness. Each day, we will highlight a portion of the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. Day one focuses on "We the People." As delegates, you are the voice of the NATCA membership, and it is your responsibility to represent your membership to the convention body. The work that you do here this week is essential to ensuring that this Union is of the people, by the people, and for the people that it represents. ✪ DIGITAL RESOURCES: #NATCAPHILLY2018 MOBILE APP The #NATCAphilly2018 app is chock full of valuable info for members and attendees. Download it to have instant access to the full event schedule, detailed information about speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors; notifications of important updates; special offers; social sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; and a list of attendees (attendees may choose to publish their own contact info). ✪ CONVENTION BUSINESS: REFERENCE MATERIALS As a resource for delegates to better understand important issues during Convention, the NATCA National Office has prepared several white papers and spreadsheets. Delegates can find these documents printed and on tables in the back of the Convention hall, at, and on the #NATCAphilly2018 mobile app, available for download on both iOS and Android devices. The Delegate Paul Rinaldi President Trish Gilbert Executive Vice President Dean Iacopelli Eastern Regional Vice President PUBLISHED FOR NATCA'S 17th BIENNIAL CONVENTION continued on page 3 APRIL 17-20, 2018 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO Friday morning, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will give the keynote address to kick-off our final day of Convention, themed "building a more perfect union." Trumka has spent his career working to build consensus among unions and representing employees from diverse industries. He heads the labor movement's efforts to create an economy based on broadly shared prosperity and hold elected officials and employers accountable to working families. In 1982, at age 33, Trumka ran on a reform ticket and was elected the youngest president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). There, in addition to reforming the UMWA's bureaucracy, he led one of the most successful strikes in recent American history against the Pittston Coal Company, which had tried to avoid paying into an industry- wide health and pension fund. Trumka was elected AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer in 1995, and held that post until 2009, when he was elected president. As Trumka looks forward, he envisions an economy of shared prosperity for all working families – an economy of rising wages, equal pay, respect at work, safe jobs, secure retirement, and the freedom for all workers to form or join unions and bargain collectively. He knows what it will take to get there: solidarity and commitment. NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert have proven NATCA's solidarity with and commitment to the AFL-CIO and NATCA has set an example by establishing the incredible value a small union can contribute with a dedicated workforce and tireless leadership. NATCA takes a leadership role in the AFL-CIO's efforts to engage with elected officials and help elect labor advocates by working on the AFL-CIO Labor-to-Labor Boots on the Ground get out the vote program. In addition to our grassroots efforts, Rinaldi serves on the AFL- CIO Executive Council, Executive Finance Committee, and International Committee. Gilbert serves on the Executive Political Committee, Legislative Committee, and Committee on Women Workers. Please join us in welcoming our brother, President Richard Trumka.

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