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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I am thankful that I was able to spend it with my family. The one great advantage to having Wed/Thu, as my husband does, is that you know you will be off on Thanksgiving.

This week was surprisingly busy considering how short it was. When last we “spoke” I has gotten off the red-eye from LA, with just enough time to go home, freshen up and get back to the office in time to meet Don Ossinger, NATCA’s Airspace liaison to get the low down on choke points. The bad news is that the plans may bring long-term benefits, but we will be hard pressed to show improvements for this delay season. We nee to ensure the public and the lawmakers know there is no magic bullet for delays (with the possible exception of re-regulating the airlines).

Met with JTB several times and on a myriad of issues. John and I met with Greg Llafet to go over the training plans for 2001. Greg has done a great job of developing a consistent program and bringing in NATCA instructors. He also went to battle with the Las Vegas hotels until we got an affordable rate. Las Vegas sure isn’t the $39.00 hotel room and $2.00 buffet that it used to be. Followed up with Fran Bowman in accounting to implement the decisions of the NEB at the budget meeting and had lunch with Bill Osborne, NATCA’s outside counsel. Met with Susan Tsui-Grundmann, NATCA’s General Counsel on some ongoing issues, including NMI and on ways to control our legal research expenses. The next meeting was with Tim Haines to discuss reclass appeals, grievances and pending upgrades.

Oh, and each day I also pay a stack of NATCA’s bills and process vouchers for our activists. Susan pulled all of the NEB minutes for 2000 that contained authorizations for spending that were not allocated in the annual budget so I can ensure that our end of year budget report accurately reflects the year’s activity. I am in the process of reconciling our current financial documents. Speaking of accounting, I had lunch with Joe Musher, NATCA’s auditor. He had some good suggestions and reminded me that as a national officer in a labor union, I needed to follow a different set of rules than most people in DC, especially of Bush takes office. While their may not be any radical legislation, there is a great deal that can be done by executive order and tying up labor leaders with paperwork might be one of them. So that was fun.

He and I met with Frances Alsop and Fran Bowman, in accounting, who already have a very good relationship with him and his office to discuss a few specifics, but mostly the general issues about our annual audit. Also, his office is conducting our first outside audit of the NATCA PAC. Considering our constant growth in the fund, this audit is probably long overdue.

Talked to Dale Wright about establishing a liaison between the finance committee and NMI who can also provide NMI with some financial management expertise. Dale and I support the idea; we are waiting to hear from Barry Krasner (NMI).

Then it was off to Ft. Lauderdale for the holiday. This weekend, I will be meeting with the VP from FLL, the National Legislative Committee and I get to stay in Miami until Tuesday to represent IFATCA, with the EVP Americas, at the first meeting of the GREPECAS - ICAO Air Safety Board. Jeff Baker, a NATCA Air Safety Investigator and controller at MIA will be joining us as an IFATCA representative. The FAA has resisted NATCA participation in ICAO meetings, but IFATCA is invited by ICAO. <!----End Text Field **************>

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