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Weekly Update for <!----Enter Date Bellow ****************>December 29, 2000 <!----End Enter Date Bellow *************>


Sisters and Brothers,

This may have been a short week, but it didn’t feel like one. On Monday I flew back to DC, from cloudy, rainy, chilly Ft. Lauderdale, just as pale as when I left. I mastered the multifamily Christmas blow by and got back to my temporary quarters just in time to pack everything up for moving day. Tuesday was moving day, where my movers were two hours late, broke stuff and tried, unsuccessfully to rip me off. I kept thinking how much happier I would be if I could go into the office. But alas, at least I am not sleeping in a rented bed anymore.

Now for the real update: The week started on Wednesday, since John had convinced me that I was being a scrooge for not closing the office Tuesday, which would make our employees have to travel on Christmas day. Bah humbug! Wednesday seemed like there were a million things to do. John and I had blocked the three days this week to do some interrupted planning for the next year and set our priorities. There are so many things to do. Retired membership categories, working the myriad of issues related to the structure of the organization fully incorporate our new bargaining units.

I sent out a request for information on the “one local” effort that is going on in the regional offices and how it is working out. I have gotten mostly positive comments back. Courtney is working on a series of articles for the new letter to provide everyone with information about the new bargaining units, who they are and how everyone fits into the organization. Now that the units are organized, we need to ensure we put the best possible structure in place for representation. I believe we will be facing a full court press on privatization in the year ahead. It will affect every NATCA bargaining unit member in the FAA. We need to prepare our organization to work in a unified way so we are able to fight the big battles, without letting the little ones get overlooked.

Speaking of which, it has been a week for rumors. Unfortunately, we don’t hear about them until someone is pissed. Here is the fastest way to get to the bottom of a rumor? Just ask. We don’t know what the rumor is until someone tells us.

I had the opportunity to talk to several friendly neighborhood RVP’s this week on issues ranging from temporary help to travel vouchers. I answered a pile o’ e-mail, took a stack of phone calls and apparently left a bazillion pages for John ?, who has gotten used to the fact that I like to bounce an idea when I get it, because our office time fills up fast.

Thursday it was over to the FAA to discuss hours worth of issues, not the least of which being spring/summer 2001. Has anyone noticed that it keeps getting longer. It was Spring 2000, now Spring/Summer 2001, what next Winter/Spring/Summer 2002? No sooner did I get back from the meeting, than Bob Taylor came in to tell me the FAA is screwing around about releasing people for the engineers contract ratification tour. Now last I checked half of that contract was the FAA’s. Maybe they like sitting at the bargaining table with us so much that they want to go back.

I put in a call to Jane and Bill Buck, who was the one not getting back to Bob. After a “spirited” discussion with Mr. Buck and a colorful description of my impression of him to John, Bob came up and told me Bill just called him and the problem was fixed. I still got to talk to Jane about the issues and reminded her, that we are trying to make the FAA a successful agency, but her people were making it difficult. Oh, and in order for us to say the FAA is making progress, they actually have to do it.

We are still working on filling the new policy director position and I have several resumes. I am hoping to set up some interviews soon, but the holidays are making the schedule very difficult. John and I met on a host of other human resource issues and even got a chance to do that planning we had scheduled.

Well, it is time for me to go home and get ready for the snow. I actually saw a news report from the Safeway parking lot saying there was still enough bread and milk to go around. To my Florida friends, bread and milk in a Maryland snowstorm is like water and plywood in a hurricane.

I hope the New Year finds each of you warm and happy and with someone you love. Thanks to everyone that called and e-mailed holiday greetings and optimism for the year to come. You make my day!

Ruth

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