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Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO)
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO)

The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) was formed in 1968 to represent the interests of federally employed air traffic controllers. Their objectives were to promote the profession; to improve working conditions for air traffic controllers within the United States, its territories, and possessions; and to represent members in dealing with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerning grievances, personnel policies, and practices. In 1981, though as federal employees it was illegal for them to do so, PATCO members went on strike. Over 11,000 controllers were subsequently dismissed.

The records of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, 1968-1985, include minutes, resolutions, subject and chronological files, correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, legal files, contracts, press releases, grievances, arbitration, and printed materials. The records reflect the organization's efforts to improve the working conditions of air traffic controllers, their wages and pension plans, and to obtain shorter work hours.

Copyrights to the items in this collection are held by various entities. Rights information, if known, is specified in the item’s description.

The National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) awarded a grant in the amount of $90,000.00 to Georgia State University Library to digitize portions of PATCO's records and make them available online. The records are part of Georgia State University Library’s Southern Labor Archives; the following series have been digitized.

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Click here for the PATCO Curriculum Guide and additional information.

 
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