Last month The National Air Traffic Controllers Association announced their endorsement Hillary Clinton for President of the United States and Tim Kaine for Vice President of the United States.
NATCA’s National Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse the Clinton-Kaine ticket after carefully considering how each of the presidential candidates’ records and statements, as well as their parties’ platforms, would affect its membership.
NATCA President Paul Rinaldi called Secretary Clinton “a strong advocate for working families who shares our commitment to ensuring that the National Airspace System (NAS) remains the safest, most efficient, most complex, and most diverse in the world.”
Rinaldi also praised Senator Kaine, calling him “a great friend to NATCA members during his time in the United States Senate.”
“Senator Kaine recognizes the need to ensure stable, predictable funding for the NAS so that we can remain the world’s leader in aviation,” Rinaldi said.
NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert said, “Secretary Clinton supported our members when she was a Senator from New York and was an advocate for employees’ rights as Secretary of State. She believes in organizing and collective bargaining, rights that are fundamental to all unions.”
“This is an election that presents a clear choice,” said Rinaldi. “Secretary Clinton and Senator Kaine will fight for our members’ rights and are committed to improving the infrastructure of the NAS so that our members operate with the best equipment and technology. They recognize the professionalism with which our members perform their duties, ensuring the safety of the flying public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. NATCA proudly endorses Clinton-Kaine.”
Today, as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s hold their bi-annual convention in San Diego, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:
“I would like to congratulate Paul Rinaldi and everyone with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association for a successful convention in San Diego. I am honored to have earned the endorsement of this proud organization’s 19,000 members.
“Every day, hard-working and highly-skilled air traffic controllers keep our country moving, growing, and thriving. Almost 900 million passengers travel by air in the United States each year, and NATCA’s members ensure we get to our destination safely—helping us take business trips, meet our families, and explore the country and the world. And through it all, this organization has fought for good benefits and wages for all workers and helped build our country’s middle-class.
“As President, I will stand with NATCA and organized labor like I have my entire career. My top priority will be building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. We will make the biggest investment in American infrastructure since the end of World War II—including in the National Airspace System. We will defend the right to organize and bargain collectively and fight against right-to-work legislation that is wrong for workers and wrong for America. And we will help workers retire with the dignity and security they have earned.
“If I am elected, American workers will always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House—because when unions are strong, families are strong, and America is strong.”