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Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Local 246 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID

Acc. 543

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Collection Summary

Title
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Local 246 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Dates
1969-1982

Collection ID
Acc. 543

Creator
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. Local 246 (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Quantity
2.4 linear feet (3 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Professional Air Traffic Controllers’ Organization (PATCO), founded in 1968, was a union organization working for the labor rights of the national air traffic controllers.  Since its creation in 1968, PATCO had many conflicts with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over labor issues.  Over many years between 1969 and 1981 PATCO proceeded with contract negotiations, sickouts, and other protests with the FAA.

In 1981, PATCO members began striking after months of unsuccessful contract negotiations. In retaliation to the strike U.S. President Ronald Reagan warned the air traffic controllers that striking was an illegal act and that any air traffic controllers who continued to strike would be immediately terminated.  Forty-eight hours later, the majority of the air traffic controllers were fired. To further underscore his point, President Reagan permanently banned all striking air traffic controllers from ever working in the profession again.  The strike continued until PATCO could no longer bear the strike costs.    

Eventually, the remaining air traffic controllers joined another union named NATCA, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.  NATCA would continue to represent laborer’s issues, but PATCO would not participate.  President Bill Clinton eventually removed the strike ban and the affected air traffic controllers were allowed to go back to work. 

Description of Collection

This small collection documents PATCO Local 246.  It contains a compilation of publicity materials, PATCO publications, correspondence between PATCO and Washington, D.C., as well as general records of the organization, including administrative, financial, and membership information, as well as some more specific legal documents, including individual case files and grievances.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged by type of material.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research. Some materials in boxes 1 and 2 are restricted for 75 years from date of creation. See inventory for restricted materials. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Local 246 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records are in custody of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Local 246 (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, Acc. 543, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Local 246, through David Livingston, November 20, 1982.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in Spring 2005 byKim Burton, Andres Pollack, and Sarah Malone. Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in May 2016.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. Local 246 (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Subjects:
Air traffic controllers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Labor -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Case files
Correspondence
Financial records
Legal documents
Minutes
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports

Inventory

1          1          Administrative: Correspondence. Department of Transportation/FAA          1980-1981

1          2          Administrative: Correspondence. Facility Representative Level          1979-1981

1          3          Administrative: Correspondence. Presidential Level          1980-1981

1          4          Administrative: Correspondence. Vice-Presidential Level          1977-1980

1          5          Administrative: Correspondence. Vice-Presidential Level          1981

1          6          Administrative: General. Facility Representative's Manual          1980

1          7          Administrative: General. Facility Representatives Overtime Case File          1980-1981

1          8          Administrative: Minutes. Executive Board Meetings          1979-1981

1          9          Administrative: Minutes. Financial Committee          1978-1980

1          10        Administrative: Minutes. General Membership Meetings          1978-1981

1          11        Administrative: Minutes. National Constitution Committee          1978-1981

1          12        Administrative: Minutes. Miscellaneous          1978-1982

1          13        Administrative: Minutes. Union Meetings          1980-1981

1          14        Administrative: General. Miscellaneous          1970-1980, Undated

1          15        Financial: Department of Labor Reports & Internal Revenue

1          16        Financial: Department of Labor Reports          1977-1978

1          17        Financial: Dues          1979-1981

1          18        Financial: Fidelity Bank          1978-1979

1          19        Financial: National Savings and Trust          1978

1          20        Financial: National Savings and Trust          1979

1          21        Financial: Receipts          1976-1977

1          22        Financial: Receipts          1979

1          23        Financial: Springfield Life          1979

1          24        Financial: Treasurers' Reports          1974-1977

1          25        Human resources: Accident Reports (Restricted)          1981

1          26        Human resources: General Membership Information          1969, 1979

1          27        Human resources: Insurance Benefits          1979-1981

1          28        Human resources: Labor Management and Grievance Arbitration          1969-1980

1          29        Human resources: List of Employees (Restricted)          1978-1881

1          30        Human resources: Miscellaneous Paperwork (Restricted)          1971-1981

Case Files

2          1          Legal: Federal Aviation Agency (Restricted)          1980-1981

2          2          Legal: Frederick Burkins (Restricted)          1981

2          3          Legal: General Grievances (Restricted)          1969-19810

2          4          Legal: John G. Anderson (Restricted)          1981

2          5          Legal: John David Hinkel (Restricted)          1981

2          6          Legal: Kent Mitchell (Restricted)          1981

General

2          7          Legal: Contract and Forms (Restricted)          1979-1981

2          8          Legal: Court Cases and Hearings (Restricted)          1981

2          9          Legal: Government Bills and Resolutions (Restricted)          1977-1981

2          10        Legal: Seminar Papers (Restricted)          undated

2          11        Legal: Statements and Proceedings (Restricted)          1980-1981

2          12        Miscellaneous File          1980-1981

2          13        Political: Letters to Congressman          1981

2          14        Political: Letters to President Reagan          1981

2          15        Political: Political Correspondence          1978-1981

2          16        Political: Statement and Testimony          1979-1981

2          17        Publications, external: Collective Bargaining in Federal Employment          1970

2          18        Publications, external: Periodicals: Miscellaneous Titles          1978-1982

2          19        Publications, external: Publicity          1978-1982

2          20        Publications, internal: Convention Information          1980

2          21        Publications, internal: Coordinators of Legislative Education Handbook          1978

2          22        Publications, internal: Facility Guide 1 of 3          1974

2          23        Publications, internal: Facility Guide 2 of 3          1974

2          24        Publications, internal: Facility Guide 3 of 3          1974

2          25        Publications, internal: Facility Guide          Undated

2          26        Publications, internal: "Journal of Strike"          1981

2          27        Publications, internal: Labor Relations Monitor          1980-1981

2          28        Publications, internal: Miscellaneous Titles          1975-1981

2          29        Publications, internal: "Negotiations Update"          1981

2          30        Publications, internal: Newsletters Local 258           1979-1980

2          31        Publications, internal: "Open Mike" Local 246          1975-1980

2          32        Publications, internal: PATCO Bulletin          1981

2          33        Publications, internal: PATCO Newsletters          1977-1980

2          34        Publications, internal: "PATCO's First Decade"          1977

2          35        Publications, internal: Philadelphia Tower Standard          1976

2          36        Publications, internal: Presidential Update          1980-1981

2          37        Publications, internal: Special Report           1980-1981

3          1          Public Relations and Fundraising          1980-1981

3          2          Support: Contributions          1979-1981

3          3          Support: Contributions and Other Support          1978-1981

3          4          Support: Letters Against PATCO          1979-1981

3          5          Support: Memorabilia          1979-1981

3          6          Support: Outside Unions          1981

3          7          Support: Public Support                    1981

3          8          Support: Strike Information          1980-1981