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March 18, 2016 // This Week’s Notebook: Penn State World Campus, CFS Ford-X Plan Challenge, and Much More!

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Penn State World Campus: Great New Benefit For Our Members
NATCA has a great new benefit for its members!

The Union signed a partnership with Penn State World Campus aimed at helping members pursue high-quality, affordable degrees online that can help advance their careers.

The partnership opens educational opportunities to NATCA members. Retired members, current and retired employees, their spouses, and dependents are also eligible.

NATCA members will have access to more than 125 undergraduate and graduate programs offered online through Penn State World Campus. As World Campus students, they will have access to an array of academic support services.

Penn State World Campus has offered degrees online since 1998. U.S. News and World Report ranked World Campus No. 1 for best online bachelor’s degrees and for several of its graduate programs in the top 10 of their fields in 2015 and 2016.

“We are very proud and excited to work with Penn State to offer this tremendous educational benefit to our members,” NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said. “The aviation safety professionals NATCA represents are constantly striving to improve themselves through training, furthering their education, and becoming more active in their profession and their union. This is an extraordinary opportunity for NATCA, and we could not be more thrilled to work with such a prestigious university. This is the start of what we believe will be an extremely successful relationship.”

To learn more, please click here.


NATCA Store Item of the Week: Pocket Coolie
Try our collapsible insulator. Perfect for cans or bottles! It’s one-eighth inch thick and made of high-density open-cell scuba foam. Available in blue or red. Sold at $10, per bundles of 10. Easy to carry around and fits well in your pockets. Made in USA.

Click here to view the item and order at the NATCA store. Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. Be reminded, apparel and golf towels take three-to-four weeks to deliver. If you need items by a certain date, please contact NATCA Store Customer Service for arrangements. Expedited shipping charges may apply.

To check on stock availability or for further assistance, call 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].


Benefits Spotlight: GEICO + NATCA = A Win For You!
Quick…Do you know what GEICO stands for?

If you answered… Gecko Everywhere In Central Orifices….then you are totally wrong! Now, if you answered Government Employees Insurance Company, then you get a gold star and a chance to save money on your insurance needs! Let’s face it, we have stuff, and stuff sometimes breaks. When stuff breaks, you have to fix it. Now, depending on the size of your stuff, that can come with a hefty bill! So, insurance to the rescue! We insure our stuff, so someone else can pay the big money to fix our big stuff! But insurance costs money too right? Well, relax fellow NATCA member, your membership in NATCA can save you money on your “Stuff Insurance”!

It all starts with a click here.


Show Your Unionism
If you’re reading this, you’re a Union member. Chances are pretty good that if you are reading this, you are doing so on some kind of a device that you used a credit card to buy. But did you use the Union Plus credit card? If you did, you may take the next few sentences off (but only if you promise to go and tell your friend about your card). If you didn’t and would like to learn how you can show your unionism by which credit card you choose to use, then by all means, click here.


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CFS Ford X-Plan Challenge
The National Benefits Committee (NBC) is pleased to announce its “CFS Ford X-Plan Challenge.” Any NATCA member who purchases a new Ford vehicle using the NATCA/Ford X-Plan within 30 days following Communicating For Safety (March 24-April 24) will be entered into a drawing for a $200 Ford accessories certificate valid for at any Ford dealership.

The NATCA member must send proof of purchase to [email protected] no later than April 30. For more information on the Ford X-Plan, visit natcabenefits.com or visit the NBC at either the Ford booth or the committee’s booth at CFS.


Cambridge Corner: Your Income
When you retire, your most immediate concern may be how you’ll pay all your living expenses without a steady paycheck. Having a clear idea of how much you spend each month on mortgage or rent, property taxes, insurance premiums, car costs, groceries, and utilities can help. Calculating your expenses will allow you to determine how much income you’ll need to cover them. Where will that income come from? Listing your anticipated income sources should be your next planning move. Social Security may account for some of it. Check your benefits statement or visit the Social Security website to estimate how much you’ll receive.

Call 888-900-4690 or click here for more information on how Cambridge Financial Partners can help you.


Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided By 4 SQUARE:

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Standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service. 3-9 p.m. local time.

Register by signing on to the NATCA Portal. Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the “My Profile” tab.

To register for a seminar, click the “Events” tab, followed by “2016 Retirement Seminars”. Complete the requested information and click “Next”. When you come to the screen listing the seminars, select the one you wish to attend, hit “Next”, verify your requested seminar information and then click “Done”. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete. A second email will be sent two to three weeks prior to the seminar giving you the logistical information for the seminar. Also included in this email will be instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

Please try to register three weeks prior to the seminar. Walk-ins are permitted to attend as long as they can provide their membership ID number. However, you will be unable to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].


We are now offering Career Optimization and Retirement Education (C.O.R.E.) Seminars in many cities! These seminars are geared towards employees with zero-15 years of service who want to maximize their retirement benefits and plan for financial stability in retirement. Log in to the Portal today to see which cities are offering this great new program.


NATCA EDGE – Designed exclusively for NATCA members!
Can’t get to an in-person retirement seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you! Presenting an all-new, flexible access, web-based session of our popular retirement benefits seminar:

May 26: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
July 12: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 18: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT
Dec. 6: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

To register for a session, visit the NATCA Portal. Click “Events” on the menu bar on the home page, then select the “2016 NATCA Edge Online Retirement Webinar” link. Follow the questions and directions from there.

Personalized benefit estimate for participants paid for as an exclusive benefit for NATCA members. You will never be solicited or sold anything, ever!

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].