In 1987, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association was founded to ensure safety and longevity of air traffic controller positions around the nation. On June 19, 1987, the Federal Labor Relations Authority certified NATCA as the exclusive bargaining representative for Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers.

Currently, NATCA represents over 15,000 air traffic controllers throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam, along with 2,508 other bargaining units with members that span the areas of engineering and architecture to nursing and health care professions to members of the accounting community.

NATCA is affiliated with the AFL-CIO

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