Brothers and Sisters,
been out of the office all week and it has reminded me how much I like the
office. It is much easier to get things done when I am in DC than it is to try
and take care of everything by e-mail and pager. I stayed in Reno Monday night
as the conference there ended Saturday night and it seemed foolish to part with
my husband, fly all the back to DC on Sunday just to fly to LAS on Monday. In
addition to two extra wonderful days with my husband, it also gave me chance to
see if I could still ski.
I arrived in LAS at the crack of dawn, loaded
down with papers for the NEB meeting. The meeting went well and I donít want to
repeat the highlights that John included in is post, so my update will be short
enough to win the TV.
While in LAS, I had the opportunity to visit North
Las Vegas tower. They are undergoing a major expansion, which includes a new
runway (at least someone is getting one), terminal, and a new tower. It was a
good visit and the Fac Rep gave me a copy of an editorial that ran in the Las
Vegas Journal-Review advocating ATC privatization. They are working every front,
so it is important that we do not let our guard down. The recent progress is
something to be proud of, but this battle will not be over any time soon.
On the bright side, when I returned to the office, I found clippings of
controllers across the US who are getting their letters to the editors
published. Keep up the good work. We need to keep putting the anti-privatization
message out in every corner of the country! Congratulations to those who have
been published. Your newspapers want to hear from you more than they want a
letter from DC, they know we donít subscribe to their paper or patronize their
advertisers Ė you do.
In and amongst the meeting issues, I was constantly
in touch with the office, fielding calls about personnel issues, trademark
infringement, and communications. I spent my evenings (except for a few moments
to win $200.00 in slots) doing such exciting things like proof reading articles
for publication and approving text on promotional materials. I took a red-eye
back Thursday night and while at the airport I had time to return some pages. My
apologies to those who got a page from me at 2 am on Friday.
night brought 2 plane crashes, one in Aspen and one in Charlotte. Luckily, we
have many trained activists and staff so my role was limited to making sure the
bases were covered. They were. Tom Farrier kept me in the loop with reports on
each. We got party status and made sure CISD was notified. Doug Church and I
prepared for any press calls. Fortunately, we only got one. You never know what
half baked theory a reporter may be trying to advance when it comes to a plane
crash, but you can be sure they are not calling to say they heard the
controllers did a great job.
Friday morning, I grabbed a quick shower and
it was off to the office to review the LM-2 with our auditors and our general
counsel (who is schedule to increase the population of the earth by one next
week). This was far from a painless process. Luckily, my years as ZMA treasurer
taught me all of the ins and out of disbursement reporting, which makes no sense
in the regular world of taxes and accounting. The treasurers out there should
sympathize. The LM is a disclosure report, not a financial report per se. For
example, if I gave you a dollar for coffee today and you pay me back tomorrow,
the LM-2 would show it as $1.00 disbursed to you. The fact that it came back
This is the first year NMI has shown up on our report as well.
Since we transitioned into the building in 2000 and the organizational structure
of NMI was still being formalized there was some question as to how it should be
reported. We determined that it is appropriately a subsidiary
I also met with several employees on both internal and
external issues. Had several discussions with Christine and Jose about the
hearings last week and their sense of the impact it will have our position
related to privatizing and contracting. Hopefully this economic downturn coupled
with the airlines wiliness to cancel flights in preparation for labor disputes
will help the delay season, however, I continue to pray for good weather. Our
ability to keep the privatization wolves at bay will depend largely on the
performance of the system this spring and summer. You donít here anyone saying
you should invest social security in the stock market anymore because no one is
singing the praises of the Dow at the moment.
At 7:00, I had gotten
through all of the e-mails that I was going to so I went home and got some