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Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Local 215 (Boston Tower) Records, 1964-1983
9 boxes (12 linear feet)
Collection number: MS 479

Abstract:
The PATCO collection documents the activities of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Local 215 (a.k.a. Boston Tower PATCO) based at Logan Airport in Boston prior to and during the air traffic controllers' strike of 1981, a turning point for the labor movement in the U.S. Established in 1968, PATCO was certified as the exclusive representative for all FAA air traffic controllers. A little more than a decade later, union members went on strike demanding better working conditions despite the fact that doing so was in violation of a law banning strikes by government unions. In response to the strike, the Reagan administration fired the more than 11,000 strikers, and decertified the union.

The collection consists of four series: 1) Administrative materials of Local 215; 2) Air Traffic Control policies, procedures and records that the controllers had to work within; 3) Union Activities; and 4) Printed Materials such as clippings and newsletters. "Union Activities" makes up more than half of the collection, and consists of records of labor-management disputes, documentation of numerous safety concerns and related action, political activity and relevant legislation, public relations efforts, litigation activities, communication within the union as well as with organizations external to the union, meeting records, and activity leading up to and during the strike of 1981. While the union was eventually reformed, first in 1996 as an affiliate with the Federation of Physicians and Dentists union, and later as an independent, national union in 2004, this collection does not include any materials of the reformed union.

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note
PATCO union representatives

PATCO union representatives

After a series of airline-related tragedies, Congress passed the Federal Aviation Act of 1958, leading to the founding of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who began hiring of thousands of air traffic controllers. As air traffic increased dramatically in the 1960s, working conditions for controllers became increasingly stressed. According to the "History of PATCO" in the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) newsletter:

Overtime was in abundance due to short staffing, no breaks were available for lunch or otherwise, buildings and working conditions were shabby, relief from sectors was at the end of the shift, grievance procedures were unknown, contracts were not mentioned, and medical retirements were lost in rules and regulations conveniently hidden from controllers. The normal work week was six days, ten hours a day.

Believing that the existing professional organizations -- the Air Traffic Controllers Association (ATCA) and the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) -- failed to provide the necessary attention to controller issues, air traffic controllers created a professional organization devoted exclusively to protecting their interests. The noted attorney F. Lee Bailey was engaged as legal counsel, chosen not only for his legal expertise but for the knowledge of piloting and air traffic control issues he had gained as a jet fighter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps in the mid-1950s. With his assistance, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) was founded on January 11, 1968. Bailey became the first Executive Director and Michael J. Rock was designated Chairman of a Board comprised of controllers from across the United States. Rock and Jack Mahar founded the New York Metropolitan Area Association, the first of many local branches of PATCO, and soon, other branches were born.

Initially, PATCO saw itself solely as a professional organization, and at its first annual convention in Chicago in July 1968, drafted a constitution and undertook other efforts to establish itself as such. However, PATCO also wanted to be an organization that could bargain or negotiate. In 1969, the Civil Service Commission ruled that PATCO was a trade union, not merely a professional organization. In the summer of 1969, controllers from several facilities in the new union organized a "sick day," the first of several they held over the next several years.

Relations between PATCO and the FAA continued to deteriorate into the early 1970s. PATCO sought the advice of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA), a branch of the AFL-CIO and a well-established labor union with similar issues. A second 3-week "sickout" was called in March 1970, in order to avoid repercussions for going on strike, and -- at the request of the FAA -- resulting in intercession by the courts ordering the controllers back to work. At the third national convention in Las Vegas in April 1970, PATCO voted to affiliate itself with the MEBA.

PATCO Local 215, also known as the "Boston Tower PATCO," represented workers at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Established in March, 1970, Boston Tower PATCO grew slowly over the next several years from approximately 30 members to more than 80 in 1981. In Boston, as elsewhere, job-related stress was a major topic that gradually gained the attention of the medical community. Between 1964 and 1980, a number of medical studies drew attention to both the physical and psychological health implications of the ongoing stress of being an air traffic controller, citing increased rates of cardiac problems, hypertension, impulse control issues, anxiety, depression, and gastrointestinal issues. Other reports addressed topics such as aging in the air traffic control profession, fatigue, and the relationship between chronological age, length of experience, and job performance. In 1972, Local 215 produced a "Staffing and Morale Report" to pressure the FAA to improve conditions at the Boston Tower. Ongoing staffing shortages throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, however, continued to erode morale.

The strength of the organization, and of Boston Tower PATCO in particular, increased in the 1970s. Local 215 members were well represented at union "fly-in's" -- informal exchanges of information and ideas, at seminars for the Eastern Region (including the NY and Washington D.C. areas), and the national conventions. Local union representatives made themselves known to Congressional senators and representatives, and began building support for their cause. Boston Tower PATCO developed strong working relationship with several key groups, including Massport (the facilities organization that oversees Logan Airport), ALPA (the Air Line Pilots Association), and with several airlines.

Boston Tower PATCO also attempted to build public support for their cause through charitable activities as well as through various public relations efforts. In addition to issuing numerous press releases, they initiated a speakers' program, open to "career days" at local high schools, in which they made air traffic control representatives available for any group that requested. In January 1979, WBZ television station in Boston aired a 10-part news series entitled "Logan: How Safe is Safe?" that represented the voices of Boston Tower PATCO (through Michael Fermon), FAA representatives, and pilots.

Among the ongoing issues for controllers in Boston was the reclassification of control towers. Each tower was classified (up to a top rating of GS-15) according to factors such as radar facilities, the complexity of landing at that airport, the type of traffic (e.g., military, air carrier, general aviation), and the configurations of the runways. Air traffic controllers were also rated according to their level of experience with different towers and air traffic situations, and salaries were tied to their level of GS rating. PATCO National felt that the FAA's classification system was unfair, and the issue spent five years in federal courts before being referred to the Civil Service Commission. Following the recommendations of a joint FAA/PATCO committee, Boston Tower was ultimately reclassified upward to GS-14, and to maintain staffing levels, some personnel were promoted to GS-14, despite the objections of the union that argued that the controllers had not received the requisite training. When training was then arranged, PATCO members in Boston complained to management about the quality of the sessions and claimed that the trainers lacked the requisite knowledge. When union members tried to record the training sessions to make their case, the instructors objected, and in the end, several PATCO attendees walked out. The reprimands they received for their actions only serve to stoke the tensions already building in Boston.

Among the most serious issues that Boston Tower PATCO had to contend with was the ever-changing air space landscape as the FAA revised air traffic routes to address noise issues for the communities surrounding Logan Airport. Noise abatement became a particular priority in the years between 1972 and 1980, and the new air traffic patterns that were introduced created a challenging, rapidly changing, and highly complex environment for the controllers. In 1979 and 1980, the noise abatement issue came to a head. Massport asked the FAA to study alternative procedures for aircraft departing on runway 22Right, which generated not only an environmental impact statement that needed to be addressed, but local activism in Hull, Hingham, Scituate, Cohasset, and other noise-affected communities. Michael Fermon, then President of Local 215, appeared as a speaker at several rallies to provide the air traffic controller's perspective of the proposed changes.

As the 1980 presidential election drew near, PATCO as a national organization was faced with the choice of whom to support. Candidate Ronald Reagan wrote to PATCO National President Robert Poli, assuring him that he understood the nature of the unreasonable working conditions, and promised to take "whatever steps are necessary" to provide up-to-date equipment, adjust staffing levels and schedules, and appoint individuals to government organizations who were "highly-qualified" and who could "work harmoniously with the Congress and the employees of the government agencies they oversee." He ended with the statement, "I pledge to you that my administration will work very closely with you to bring about a spirit of cooperation between the President and the air traffic controllers."

As talks between PATCO and the FAA continued to be non-productive, however, talk of an air traffic controllers' strike began to surface. In March 1981, the contract between PATCO and the FAA expired, and by April, Local 215 was in communication with other local Boston Area towers to assess how many potentially striking controllers they had. In early June, talks between PATCO and the FAA had lasted for 8 weeks, involving 37 sessions and 95 unresolved issues, so the national union set a date of midnight of June 21 to agree on a contract or PATCO would wage a strike. The current Local 215 president, Kevin Brophy, reached out to Boston mayor Kevin White asking for his support in lobbying Massachusetts senators and representatives to urge the FAA to come back to the table for good-faith bargaining, and wives of the Boston Tower PATCO controllers wrote to Reagan directly to plead their case. After the FAA provided a settlement offer on June 18 that PATCO rejected, Brophy issued a statement outlining the repercussions of a strike on the public. PATCO and the FAA reached a tentative agreement four days later, but as word of the agreement spread nationally, discontent over the terms swelled within the rank and file, and once again, local branches started taking headcounts of potential strikers. In an effort to tell their story, Boston Tower PATCO put together the "Boston Tower Report," chronicling, over a 10-year period, their exchanges with management and their efforts to improve safety and working conditions at the Boston Tower.

PATCO rejected the tentative agreement, and on August 3, 1981, almost 13,000 air traffic controllers went on strike. Reagan responded by declaring the strike illegal, since government employees were legally prohibited from striking, and ordering all workers back to the job within 48 hours under threat of dismissal. Hundreds of flights out of Logan were canceled. Local 215 organized itself into picketing teams with "call PACs" (political action committees) -- quick telephone communication systems to inform the membership through daily reports from the picket lines. When workers did not return to the job, Reagan carried out his threat and fired them.

As the strike went into effect, PATCO was not without support. Support appeared from various other unions, both local, national and even international; Kevin Brophy received a letter from the British Vice-Chairman of the Society of Civil and Public Servants, offering advice from their own struggles and echoing support for PATCO's efforts. Support even appeared from various airlines; Delta Airlines, Eastern Airlines and United Airlines each provided meals, free of charge, to Boston Tower air traffic controllers who showed up for duty.

As the strike wore on, controllers were replaced by a combination of military controllers and controllers-in-training ("developmentals"). Some controllers, including a number from Boston Tower PATCO, appealed their firing to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), one of three organizations that had replaced the former Civil Service Commission and whose responsibility it was to hear appeals from federal employees regarding potential abuses by management. According to Richard Sharpe,

The strikers were often working class men and women who had achieved suburban middle class lives as air traffic controllers without having gone to college. Many were veterans of the US armed forces where they had learned their skills; their union had backed Reagan in his election campaign. Nevertheless, Reagan refused to back down. Several strikers were jailed; the union was fined and eventually made bankrupt. Only about 800 got their jobs back when Clinton lifted the ban on rehiring those who had struck. Many of the strikers were forced into poverty as a result of being blacklisted for employment. (Retrieved from http://review31.co.uk/article/view/23/laying-down-a-marker.htm)

In October 1981, the union was decertified, and was later dissolved. The PATCO strike is seen as a turning point for the labor movement in the United States. Reagan's refusal to negotiate and his insistence on upholding the firing of the controllers set a precedent for employers in the private sector in handling employees, whether striking or not. The impact on other unions was profound, and contributed greatly to the erosion of workers' rights and the strength of organized labor.

The following list of significant personnel is provided to help distinguish who was internal vs. external to the labor union. The list is not exhaustive, but represents names that appear frequently throughout the collection:

Presidents of Boston Tower PATCO (in order of service)

  • Stanley Matthews
  • F. Robert ("Bob") Sweezy
  • Michael Fermon
  • Kevin Brophy (during 1981 strike)

PATCO Regional Officers

  • John Lapine
  • George Kerr
  • Michael Fermon

PATCO National Officers

  • John Leyden
  • Robert Poli
  • David Trick

FAA Boston Tower Chiefs

  • Gary Tucker
  • William Keepers
  • John Boyce

FAA Regional

  • Ferris Howland
  • John Mattson

FAA National

  • Langhorne Bond
Scope and contents of the collection

The PATCO collection documents the activities of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Local 215 (a.k.a. Boston Tower PATCO) based at Logan Airport in Boston prior to and during the air traffic controllers' strike of 1981, a turning point for the labor movement in the U.S. The collection provides an in-depth record of the activities of Local 215 in the context of this increasing national friction between the air traffic controllers, the F.A.A. and the U.S. government.

The collection consists of four series: Administrative materials of Local 215; Air Traffic Control policies, procedures and records that the controllers had to work within; "Union Activities," and "Printed Materials." "Union Activities" makes up more than half of the collection, and consists of records of labor-management disputes, documentation of numerous safety concerns and related action, political activity and relevant legislation, public relations efforts, litigation activities, communication within the union as well as with organizations external to the union, meeting records, and activity leading up to and during the strike of 1981. One noteworthy report is the "Boston Tower Report," chronicling the plight of Local 215 over a 10-year period, in essence telling their story as it unfolded through a chronological ordering of significant documents. There is also a small collection of unidentified color photographs showing various members of Local 215 during labor meetings or rallies.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Local 215 (Boston Tower PATCO) (MS 479 bd). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Received from PATCO via former Treasurer, John Frye in 1989

Processing Information

Processed by Susan E. Creighton, February 2018.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English
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Series Descriptions
1964-1981


This series includes records both of the everyday administrative activities of Local 215 and of several sets of reports related to employee health. In this series, researchers can find personnel policies, membership records, financial reports, and information on the bidding process that air traffic controllers followed as they vied for various positions. As the health implications of the stresses of air traffic control work became more apparent, a number of health-related research reports were conducted by outside researchers, and some of those published reports are included here. Complementing those reports are records and a report related to staffing and morale compiled by the union.

1964-1981


Documenting various aspects of the work of air traffic control, this series focuses primarily on operational concerns of the controllers in Local 215. This series includes records of frequent and ever-changing standard operating procedures issued by the F.A.A. as well as air traffic statistics and interactions with the airline pilots association, Massport (the organization overseeing the Logan Airport facility) and various airlines. Of particular note in this series are records related to noise abatement efforts involving the issuance of an environmental impact statement and the reconfiguration of take-off and landing routes. Also of note are records related to the reclassification of various air traffic control towers including Logan Airport, an action that led to some unrest and discontent among the Logan controllers.

1968-1982


The largest of the four series in this collection, this series includes records of the varied activities of Local 215. As would be expected for a union, there is a large collection of records related to labor/management relations, including both grievances and unfair labor practices, as well as elections of officers both nationally and locally, and communication within the union as well as with others outside the union, frequently with F.A.A. management. Local 215 members' political activity is documented through correspondence with members of Congress to try to gain support for their position, with copies of relevant legislation, as well as congressional testimony from various leaders at the national union level. Their public relations activities included press releases, and a speaker program that included visits to local high schools' career days. Of note here is the transcript of a 10-part TV series entitled "How Safe is Safe?" that aired on WBZ TV in Boston. In Box 9, the series includes a 16mm film of the news program and a reel-to-reel audio tape of several radio broadcasts on air safety that feature Michael Fermon in two interviews. Note that a digitized file of the radio broadcasts is available, though the digital file does not contain the entire set of radio broadcasts due to the unstable condition of the audio tape..

Of great interest are the records of Local 215's activities leading up to and during the strike of 1981, including the organization of picketing activity, and internal organizational efforts and communication during the strike. The collection includes a copy of the letter from Ronald Reagan prior to his 1980 election, outlining his campaign pledge to support the controllers. The series also contains records of litigation primarily of controllers appealing their firing after the strike to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Finally, organizational history records include Local 215's "Boston Tower Report," a chronologically-arranged set of records that document Local 215's telling of their own story, compiled to share with outside organizations and congress.

1969-1983


Various newsletters, newspaper clippings, reports, brochures and booklets make up the Printed Materials series. The newsletters originate primarily from PATCO, though the AFL-CIO and the F.A.A. are represented as well. Of note is information about the publication of the book, "Pressure Cooker: The Story of the Men and Women Who Control Air Traffic," by Don Biggs, published in January 1980.

Contents List
Series 1. Administrative
1964-1981


Awards
1976-1981

Box 1:1
Benefits: Insurance - Health
1978-1980

Box 1:2
Benefits: Insurance - Life
1973-1980

Box 1:3
Benefits: Insurance - Loss of License
1976-1977

Box 1:4
Benefits: Injury/Worker's Comp
1974-1981

Box 1:5
Benefits: Insurance - Life
Undated

Box 1:6
Benefits: Miscellaneous
1978-1979

Box 1:7
Benefits: Recreational
1976-1981

Box 1:8
Bidding: Team Assignments
undated

Box 1:9
Bidding and Seniority
1978

Box 1:10
Bidding and Seniority
1979-1981

Box 1:11
Bidding and Seniority
undated

Box 1:12
Bylaws and Constitution: Boston Tower
circa 1970s

Box 1:13
Bylaws and Constitution: Local
circa 1968-1975

Box 1:14
Bylaws and Constitution: National
circa 1970-1980

Box 1:15
Committees: Member Lists
1972-1973

Box 1:16
Facility Rep School
1977-1979

Box 1:17
Bylaws and Constitution: National
1971-1981

Box 1:18
Financial
1975-1981

Box 1:19
Financial: Account Book
1971-1981

Box 1:20
Financial: Legal Invoices
1980

Box 1:21
Financial: Reports
1972-1981

Box 1:22
Financial: Taxes and Labor Org Annual Reports
1972-1979

Box 1:23
Fundraisers
1981

Box 1:24
Medical: Articles
1978-1980

Box 1:25
Medical: Info to PATCO Membership
1980

Box 1:26
Medical: Published Reports
1964-1969

Box 1:27
Medical: Published Reports
1970-1971

Box 1:28
Medical: Published Reports
1972

Box 1:29
Medical: Published Reports
1973

Box 1:30
Medical: Published Reports
1975, Apr.

Box 1:31
Medical: Published Reports
1975 Jul - Sep

Box 1:32
Medical: Published Reports
1976-1980

Box 1:33
Medical: Recruiting Research Participants
1972-1981

Box 1:34
Membership Lists
1971

Box 1:35
Membership Lists
1972

Box 1:36
Membership Lists
1973

Box 1:37
Membership Lists
1975

Box 1:38
Membership Lists
1976

Box 1:39
Membership Lists
1977

Box 1:40
Membership Lists
1978

Box 1:41
Membership Lists
1979

Box 1:42
Membership Lists
1980 Jan-Jun

Box 1:43
Membership Lists
1980, Jul-Dec

Box 1:44
Membership Lists
1981

Box 1:45
Membership Recruitment
ca. 1970

Box 1:46
PATCO Membership
ca. 1973-1980

Box 1:47
PATCO Stationery
undated

Box 1:48
Personnel Policies
1969-1973

Box 1:49
Personnel Policies
1977-1981

Box 1:50
Recreational Events
1971-1981

Box 1:51
Rosters: Facility Rep School
1979

Box 1:52
Rosters: Facility Representatives
1973-1980

Box 1:53
Rosters: Mailing lists
undated

Box 1:54
Rosters: PATCO Regions
Undated

Box 1:55
Rosters: Satellite Towers
1981

Box 1:56
Rosters: Voting Representatives
1978-1980

Box 1:57
Salary Information: General
ca. 1971-1979

Box 1:58
Service Record
ca. 1971-1979

Box 1:59
Staffing and Morale
1972-1973

Box 1:60
Staffing and Morale
1977-1981

Box 1:61
Supervision
1971-1980

Box 2:1
Supervision: Resources
1971-1973

Box 2:2
Supervision: Resources
1975-1978

Box 2:3
Union Dues
1973-1979

Box 2:4
Visitor Sign-in Book
1981, Aug 3-Sep 10

Box 2:5
Series 2. Air Traffic Control
1964-1981


Airlines/Pilots
1971-1981

Box 2:6
Boston Technical Alternatives Committee
1980

Box 2:7
Environmental Impact Statement
1979, May-Aug

Box 2:8
Environmental Impact Statement
1979, Sep-1980, Apr

Box 2:9
Facility Air Traffic Technical Advisory Committee (FATTAC)
1973-1979

Box 2:10
National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center (NAFEC)
1979

Box 2:11
Noise Abatement
1975-1978

Box 2:12
Noise Abatement
1979

Box 2:13
Noise Abatement
1980

Box 2:14
Noise Abatement
undated

Box 2:15
Noise Abatement: Study Report
ca. 1980

Box 2:16
Operations: Air Traffic Records
1980

Box 2:17
Operations: Air Traffic Statistics
1971-1978

Box 2:18
Operations: Evaluation Reports
1977-1981

Box 2:19
Operations: FAA
1972-1979

Box 2:20
Operations: Logan Airport
1971-1976

Box 2:21
Operations: Logan Airport
1978

Box 2:22
Operations: Logan Airport
1979

Box 2:23
Operations: Logan Airport
1980

Box 2:24
Operations: Logan Airport
1981

Box 2:25
Operations: Logan Airport
Undated

Box 2:26
Operations: Modular Terminal Communications Manual
1980

Box 2:27
Operations: Physical Facilities
1980

Box 2:28
Operations: Position Logs
1980, Mar

Box 2:29
Operations: Reclassification
1975

Box 2:30
Operations: Reclassification
1976

Box 2:31
Operations: Reclassification
1977

Box 2:32
Operations: Reclassification
1978

Box 2:33
Operations: Reclassification
1979-1981

Box 2:34
Operations: Reclassification
Undated

Box 2:35
Procedures
1964-1974

Box 2:36
Procedures
1975-1977

Box 2:37
Procedures
1978, Feb

Box 2:38
Procedures
1978, Mar-Apr

Box 2:39
Procedures
1978, Jun-Sep

Box 2:40
Procedures
1978, Oct-Dec

Box 2:41
Procedures
1979

Box 2:42
Procedures
1980, Feb

Box 2:43
Procedures
1980, Apr 7-15

Box 2:44
Procedures
1980, Apr 25

Box 2:45
Procedures
1980, May

Box 2:46
Procedures
1980, Jun-Sep

Box 2:47
Procedures
1980, Oct-Dec

Box 2:48
Procedures
1981

Box 2:49
Procedures
Undated

Box 2:50
Procedures: Committee
1979

Box 2:51
Procedures: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Manual
1980, May

Box 2:52
Training
Undated

Box 2:53
Series 3. Union Activities
1968-1982


Agreements Between FAA and PATCO
1973

Box 2:54
Agreements Between FAA and PATCO
1978

Box 2:55
Agreements Between FAA and PATCO
Undated

Box 2:56
Airport Labor Coalition
1979-1981

Box 2:57
Boston Terminal Organization
1978-1980

Box 2:58
Boycotts
1980

Box 2:59
Charitable Activities
1978-1981

Box 2:60
Communication: External
Undated

Box 3:1
Communication: Internal
1971-1972, Aug

Box 3:2
Communication: Internal
1972, Sep-Dec

Box 3:3
Communication: Internal
1973-1975

Box 3:4
Communication: Internal
1976

Box 3:5
Communication: Internal
1977, Jan-Mar

Box 3:6
Communication: Internal
1977, Apr-Jun

Box 3:7
Communication: Internal
1977, Jul-Sep

Box 3:8
Communication: Internal
1977, Oct-Dec

Box 3:9
Communication: Internal
Undated

Box 3:10
Communication: Internal
Undated

Box 3:11
Communication: Internal
1978, Jul-Sep

Box 3:12
Communication: Internal
1978, Oct

Box 3:13
Communication: Internal
1978, Nov-Dec

Box 3:14
Communication: Internal
1979, Jan-Mar

Box 3:15
Communication: Internal
1979, Apr-Jun

Box 3:16
Communication: Internal
1979, Jul-Sep

Box 3:17
Communication: Internal
1979, Oct-Dec

Box 3:18
Communication: Internal
1980, Jan-Feb

Box 3:19
Communication: Internal
1980, Mar

Box 3:20
Communication: Internal
1980, Apr-May

Box 3:21
Communication: Internal
1980, Jun-Jul

Box 3:22
Communication: Internal
1980, Aug-Sep

Box 3:23
Communication: Internal
1980, Oct-Dec

Box 3:24
Communication: Internal
1981, Jan-Mar

Box 3:25
Communication: Internal
1981, Apr-Jun

Box 3:26
Communication: Internal
1981, Jul-Nov

Box 3:27
Communication: Internal
Undated

Box 3:28
Communication: Management and PATCO
1969-1976

Box 3:29
Communication: Management and PATCO
1977

Box 3:30
Communication: Management and PATCO
1978

Box 3:31
Communication: Management and PATCO
1979

Box 3:32
Communication: Management and PATCO
1980-1981, Apr

Box 3:33
Communication: Management and PATCO
1981, May-Jul

Box 3:34
Communication: Management and PATCO
Undated

Box 3:35
Communication: Massachusetts State Labor Council and PATCO
1979

Box 3:36
Communication: Massport and PATCO
1971-1978

Box 3:37
Congress: Congressional Record
1971, Oct

Box 3:38
Congress: Correspondence
Undated

Box 3:39
Congress: Correspondence
Undated

Box 3:40
Congress: Correspondence
1977, Jul-Dec

Box 3:41
Congress: Correspondence
1978-1980

Box 3:42
Congress: Correspondence
1981, Jan-Aug

Box 3:43
Congress: Correspondence
1981, Sep-Nov

Box 3:44
Congress: Correspondence
Undated

Box 3:45
Congress: Testimony
1974-1978

Box 3:46
Congress: Testimony
1979

Box 3:47
Congress: Testimony
1980-1981

Box 3:48
Contract Negotiations
1972-1973

Box 3:49
Contract Negotiations
1977-1979

Box 3:50
Contract Negotiations
1980

Box 3:51
Contract Negotiations
1981

Box 3:52
Contract Negotiations
Undated

Box 3:53
Elections
1971-1976

Box 3:54
Elections
1977-1979

Box 3:55
Elections
1980, Jan-Mar

Box 4:1
Elections
1980, Jul-Dec

Box 4:2
Elections
Undated

Box 4:3
Elections: Ballots
1977

Box 4:4
Elections: Ballots
1978

Box 4:5
Elections: Ballots
1979

Box 4:6
Elections: Ballots-Local Officers
1980

Box 4:7
Elections: Ballots-Local Officers
1981

Box 4:8
Elections: Ballots-National Officers
1980 (1 of 2)

Box 4:9
Elections: Ballots-National Officers
1980 (2 of 2)

Box 4:10
Elections: Ballots-Team Reps
1980

Box 4:11
Elections: Ballots-Team Reps
Undated

Box 4:12
Elections: Regional Vice-President Election
1981

Box 4:13
Fair Labor Standards Act
1974-1976

Box 4:14
Fair Labor Standards Act
1977-1982

Box 4:15
Fair Labor Standards Act
Undated

Box 4:16
Fair Labor Standards Act: Legislation
1974-1975

Box 4:17
"FAM" (Familiarization) Travel
1975-1981

Box 4:18
Humor/Sarcasm
ca. 1970-1980

Box 4:19
Immunity Program
1977-1981

Box 4:20
Labor Relations: Grievances
1976-1977

Box 4:21
Labor Relations: Grievances
1978

Box 4:22
Labor Relations: Grievances
1979

Box 4:23
Labor Relations: Grievances
1980, Jan-Feb

Box 4:24
Labor Relations: Grievances
1980, Mar

Box 4:25
Labor Relations: Grievances
1980, Apr

Box 4:26
Labor Relations: Grievances
1980, May

Box 4:27
Labor Relations: Grievances
1980, Jun-Jul

Box 4:28
Labor Relations: Grievances
1980, Aug-Sep

Box 4:29
Labor Relations: Grievances
1980, Oct-Nov

Box 4:30
Labor Relations: Grievances
1980, Dec

Box 4:31
Labor Relations: Grievances
1981, Jan-Feb

Box 4:32
Labor Relations: Grievances
1981, Mar

Box 4:33
Labor Relations: Grievances
1981, Apr-Jul

Box 4:34
Labor Relations: Grievances
Undated

Box 4:35
Labor Relations: Grievances-Scabs
1977-1981

Box 4:36
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1972-1978

Box 4:37
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1979, Jan-Mar

Box 4:38
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1979, Apr-Dec

Box 4:39
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1980, Jan-Mar

Box 4:40
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1980, Apr-Jun

Box 4:41
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1980, Jul-Sep

Box 4:42
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1980, Oct-Dec

Box 4:43
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1981, Jan-Feb

Box 4:44
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1981, Mar

Box 4:45
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1981, Apr-Jun

Box 4:46
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
1981, Aug-Nov

Box 4:47
Labor Relations: Unfair Labor Practices
Undated

Box 4:48
Legislation: Civil Service Reform Act
1978

Box 4:49
Legislation: Civil Service Reform Act
1979

Box 4:50
Legislation: Hatch Act
1975-1979

Box 4:51
Legislation: H.R. 1576
1981

Box 4:52
Legislation: H.R. 2659
undated

Box 4:53
Legislation: H.R. 3479
1979

Box 4:54
Legislation: H.R. 4474
1973

Box 4:55
Legislation: H.R. 4557
1973

Box 4:56
Legislation: H.R. 7292
1977-1978

Box 4:57
Legislation: H.R. 8083
1971-1972

Box 4:58
Legislation: H.R. 9094
undated

Box 4:59
Legislation: H.R. 9930
1975

Box 4:60
Legislation: "Omnibus Bill"
1980-1981

Box 4:61
Legislation: P.L. 91-596
1970-1975

Box 4:62
Legislation: S. 808
1981

Box 5:1
Legislation: S. 1271 / H.R. 3700
1981

Box 5:2
Legislation: S. 2772
1978

Box 5:3
Litigation: Breen, John
1971

Box 5:4
Litigation: Court Decisions
1975-1980

Box 5:5
Litigation: Internal Communication
1978-1983

Box 5:6
Litigation: Legal Assistance
1977-1980

Box 5:7
Litigation: MSPB - Barnett, James
1981

Box 5:8
Litigation: MSPB - General Information
1981

Box 5:9
Litigation: MSPB - Ketchem, John
1982

Box 5:10
Litigation: MSPB - Knowlden, Richard
1979-1981

Box 5:11
Litigation: MSPB - Linehan, Robert
1981

Box 5:12
Litigation: MSPB - Tanner, Steven
1981

Box 5:13
Litigation: MSPB - Trick, David
1981

Box 5:14
Litigation: PATCO vs. Air Transport Association
1978

Box 5:15
Litigation: PATCO vs. F.A.A.
1976-1980

Box 5:16
Litigation: Rockwell, Arthur
1981

Box 5:17
Litigation: Town of Hull, MA vs. F.A.A. and Massport
1980

Box 5:18
Manuals: Aviation Safety - PATCO Eastern Region
1980

Box 5:19
Manuals: Facility Representative
1980

Box 5:20
Manuals: Union Activity
1981

Box 5:21
Meetings: Attendance Records
1978, Mar-May

Box 5:22
Meetings: Balloting Committee
ca. 1970s

Box 5:23
Meetings: Board Meetings
1978-1981

Box 5:24
Meetings: Boston Terminal Organization
1976-1980

Box 5:25
Meetings: Constitution Committee
1976-1978

Box 5:26
Meetings: Constitution Committee
1979-1981

Box 5:27
Meetings: Consultations
1977-1978

Box 5:28
Meetings: Consultations
1979-1980, Apr

Box 5:29
Meetings: Consultations
1980, May-Aug

Box 5:30
Meetings: Consultations
1980, Sep-Nov

Box 5:31
Meetings: Consultations
1980, Dec

Box 5:32
Meetings: Consultations
1981

Box 5:33
Meetings: Consultations
Undated

Box 5:34
Meetings: Finance Committee
1973-1981

Box 5:35
Meetings: "Fly-in's"
1978-1981

Box 5:36
Meetings: "Forum"
1978

Box 5:37
Meetings: General Membership
1972-1977

Box 5:38
Meetings: General Membership
1979-1981

Box 5:39
Meetings: Labor / Management
1972-1981

Box 5:40
Meetings: Local "Seminars"
1972-1978

Box 5:41
Meetings: Local "Seminars"
1979-1981

Box 5:42
Meetings: Massachusetts AFL-CIO
1978-1981

Box 5:43
Meetings: Massachusetts State Labor Council
1980

Box 5:44
Meetings: National Conventions
1972

Box 5:45
Meetings: National Conventions
1973

Box 5:46
Meetings: National Conventions
1976

Box 5:47
Meetings: National Conventions
1977

Box 5:48
Meetings: National Conventions
1978 (1 of 2)

Box 5:49
Meetings: National Conventions
1978 (2 of 2)

Box 5:50
Meetings: National Conventions
1979 (1 of 2)

Box 5:51
Meetings: National Conventions
1979 (2 of 2)

Box 5:52
Meetings: National Conventions
1980 (1 of 2)

Box 5:53
Meetings: National Conventions
1980 (2 of 2)

Box 5:54
Meetings: National Conventions
1981 (1 of 2)

Box 5:55
Meetings: National Conventions
1981 (2 of 2)

Box 5:56
Meetings: Northeastern Area Executive Council
1971

Box 5:57
Meetings: Other
1978-1981

Box 5:58
Meetings: SOP Briefings
1979-1980

Box 5:59
Organizational History
1970

Box 5:60
Organizational History: Boston Tower Report
1972-1978, Sep

Box 5:61
Organizational History: Boston Tower Report
1978, Oct - 1979, Sep

Box 5:62
Organizational History: Boston Tower Report
1979, Oct - 1980, Mar

Box 5:63
Organizational History: Boston Tower Report
1980, Mar

Box 5:64
Organizational History: Boston Tower Report
1980, Mar-Jun

Box 6:1
Organizational History: Report Fragments
ca. post-1980

Box 6:2
Photographs
ca. 1975-1981

Box 6:3
Picketing: Correspondence with Massport
1980-1981

Box 6:4
Picketing: Internal Communication
1971-1981

Box 6:5
Picketing: Legal Advice
1977

Box 6:6
Picketing: On-Site Activity
1981- Mar-Apr

Box 6:7
Picketing: On-Site Activity
1981, Aug

Box 6:8
Picketing: On-Site Activity
Undated

Box 6:9
Picketing: Training and Preparation
1980-1981

Box 6:10
Political Action
1971-1977

Box 6:11
Political Action
1978

Box 6:12
Political Action
1979

Box 6:13
Political Action
1980

Box 6:14
Political Action
1981

Box 6:15
Political Action
Undated

Box 6:16
Political Action: Executive Order 11491
1969-1970

Box 6:17
Political Action: PATCO Spouse Group
1978-1981

Box 6:18
Professional Air Systems Specialists (PASS)
1976-1981

Box 6:19
Public Relations: FAA Correspondence
1981

Box 6:20
Public Relations: General
1973-1981

Box 6:21
Public Relations: General
Undated

Box 6:22
Public Relations: Press Releases
1971-1979

Box 6:23
Public Relations: Press Releases
1980

Box 6:24
Public Relations: Press Releases
1981

Box 6:25
Public Relations: Radio Programs - Audio Tape
1981

Box 9
Public Relations: School Programs
1977-1981

Box 6:26
Public Relations: Speaker Program
ca. 1978-1980

Box 6:27
Public Relations: TV News Coverage
1976-1980

Box 6:28
Public Relations: TV News Coverage-Cassette Tape-"How Safe is Safe?" (undigitized)
1980

Box 9
Public Relations: TV News Coverage-Film
1980

Box 9
Questionnaires
1976-1980

Box 6:29
Questionnaires
Undated (1 of 3)

Box 6:30
Questionnaires
Undated (2 of 3)

Box 6:31
Questionnaires
Undated (3 of 3)

Box 6:32
Questionnaires: National
1978-1980

Box 6:33
Questionnaires: National-Data
1981

Box 6:34
Questionnaires: National-Data
ca. 1981

Box 6:35
Relief Funds: Informal
1981

Box 6:36
Relief Funds: "The Relief Fund"
ca. 1969-1980

Box 6:37
Relief Funds: the Subsistence Fund
ca. 1980-1981

Box 6:38
Relief Funds: the Suspension Fund
1981

Box 6:39
Safety Committee
1972-1975

Box 6:40
Safety Committee
1976-1978

Box 6:41
Safety Concerns: Correspondence
1971-1973

Box 6:42
Safety Concerns: Correspondence
1978

Box 6:43
Safety Concerns: Correspondence
1979

Box 6:44
Safety Concerns: Correspondence
1980

Box 6:45
Safety Concerns: Correspondence
1981

Box 6:46
Safety Concerns: Correspondence
Undated

Box 6:47
Safety Concerns: Incidents
1976

Box 6:48
Safety Concerns: Incidents
1978

Box 6:49
Safety Concerns: Incidents
1979

Box 6:50
Safety Concerns: Incidents
1980

Box 6:51
Safety Concerns: Incidents
1981

Box 6:52
Safety Concerns: Incidents
Undated

Box 6:53
Safety Concerns: Informational
1977-1980

Box 6:54
Safety Concerns: Local Safety Reports
1977-1979

Box 6:55
Safety Concerns: Local Safety Reports
1980, Jan-Mar

Box 6:56
Safety Concerns: Local Safety Reports
1980, Apr-Jul

Box 6:57
Safety Concerns: Local Safety Reports
1980, Aug-Oct

Box 6:58
Safety Concerns: Local Safety Reports
1980, Nov - 1981, Feb

Box 6:59
Safety Concerns: Local Safety Reports
1981, Mar-Jun

Box 6:60
Safety Concerns: Local Safety Reports
Undated

Box 6:61
Safety Concerns: Procedures
1978-1980

Box 6:62
Safety Concerns: Reports and Responses
1971-1979

Box 6:63
Safety Concerns: Reports and Responses
1980, Jan-Jun

Box 6:64
Safety Concerns: Reports and Responses
1980, Jul-Dec

Box 6:65
Safety Concerns: Reports and Responses
1981

Box 6:66
Safety Concerns: Reports and Responses
Undated

Box 6:67
Safety Concerns: System Errors
1975-1976

Box 7:1
Safety Concerns: System Errors
1977

Box 7:2
Safety Concerns: System Errors
1978

Box 7:3
Safety Concerns: System Errors
1979

Box 7:4
Safety Concerns: System Errors
1980, Jan-Jun

Box 7:5
Safety Concerns: System Errors
1980, Jul-Aug

Box 7:6
Safety Concerns: System Errors
1980, Sep-Nov

Box 7:7
Safety Concerns: System Errors
1981, Jan-Mar

Box 7:8
Safety Concerns: Unsatisfactory Condition Reports
1968-1977

Box 7:9
Safety Concerns: Unsatisfactory Condition Reports
1978

Box 7:10
Safety Concerns: Unsatisfactory Condition Reports
1979

Box 7:11
Safety Concerns: Unsatisfactory Condition Reports
1980, Jan-Jun

Box 7:12
Safety Concerns: Unsatisfactory Condition Reports
1980, Aug-Dec

Box 7:13
Safety Concerns: Unsatisfactory Condition Reports
1981

Box 7:14
Second Career Program
1972-1975

Box 7:15
Second Career Program
1977-1978

Box 7:16
Second Career Program
1979, Feb-Aug

Box 7:17
Second Career Program
1979, Nov - 1980, Apr

Box 7:18
Strikes: 1980 and Earlier
1979-1980

Box 7:19
Strikes: 1981
1981, Mar-May

Box 7:20
Strikes: 1981
1981, Jun

Box 7:21
Strikes: 1981
1981, Jul

Box 7:22
Strikes: 1981
1981, Aug 1-10

Box 7:23
Strikes: 1981
1981, Aug 11-20

Box 7:24
Strikes: 1981
1981, Aug 21-31

Box 7:25
Strikes: 1981
1981, Sep 1-15

Box 7:26
Strikes: 1981
1981, Sep 16-30

Box 7:27
Strikes: 1981
1981, Oct

Box 7:28
Strikes: 1981
1981, Nov - 1982, Jan

Box 7:29
Strikes: 1981
Undated (1 of 3)

Box 7:30
Strikes: 1981
Undated (2 of 3)

Box 7:31
Strikes: 1981
Undated (3 of 3)

Box 7:32
Strikes: 1981 - Call PACs
1981, Apr-Aug

Box 7:33
Strikes: 1981 - Call PACs
1981, Sep-Dec

Box 7:34
Strikes: 1981 - Call PACs
Undated

Box 7:35
Strikes: 1981 - "Conflict News"
1981, Aug-Sep

Box 7:36
Strikes: 1981 - Log Book of Hours
1981, Aug-Sep

Box 7:37
Strikes: 1981 - Reagan Campaign Promise
1980, Oct

Box 7:38
Strikes: 1981 - Support - Letters
1981, Aug - Sep

Box 7:39
Strikes: 1981 - Support - Letters
Undated

Box 7:40
Strikes: 1981 - Support - Other Materials
Undated

Box 7:41
Strikes: F.A.A. Contingency Plan
1979-1980

Box 7:42
Series 4. Printed Materials
1969-1983


Articles
1971-1973

Box 7:43
Articles
1974-1975

Box 7:44
Articles
1976-1977

Box 7:45
Articles
1978, Jan-Sep

Box 7:46
Articles
1978, Oct-Nov

Box 7:47
Articles
1978, Dec - 1979, Jan

Box 7:48
Articles
1979, Feb-Sep

Box 7:49
Articles
1979, Oct-Dec

Box 7:50
Articles
1980

Box 7:51
Articles
1981, Jan - May

Box 8:1
Articles
1981, Jun-Jul

Box 8:2
Articles
1981, Aug 1-6

Box 8:3
Articles
1981, Aug 7- Dec

Box 8:4
Articles
1982-1983

Box 8:5
Articles
Undated

Box 8:6
Articles: Technology
1979-1981

Box 8:7
Book Materials: "Pressure Cooker"
ca. 1978

Box 8:8
Brochures and Booklets: Assorted
1971-1981

Box 8:9
Handout: PATCO - "Facts About PATCO"
ca. 1970-1975

Box 8:10
Mixed: Miscellaneous Single Issues
1971-1979

Box 8:11
Mixed: Miscellaneous Single Issues
1980-1981

Box 8:12
Newsletter: AFL-CIO "Legislative Alert"
1979-1982

Box 8:13
Newsletter: AFL-CIO "Public Employee Department Legislative Reports"
1978-1980

Box 8:14
Newsletter: AFL-CIO "Public Employee Department Legislative Reports"
1981

Box 8:15
Newsletter: Air Traffic Service Bulletin
1977-1981

Box 8:16
Newsletter: Congressional
1978-1980

Box 8:17
Newsletter: F.A.A. New England "Intercom"
1971-1972

Box 8:18
Newsletter: F.A.A. New England "Intercom"
1972-1973

Box 8:19
Newsletter: F.A.A. New England "Intercom"
1976-1978

Box 8:20
Newsletter: F.A.A. New England "Intercom"
1979-1981

Box 8:21
Newsletter: "Federal Employee News Digest"
1978-1982

Box 8:22
Newsletter: Marxist-Leninist Party of the USA "Boston Worker"
1981

Box 8:23
Newsletter: PATCO "Boston Area Branch"
1972-1973

Box 8:24
Newsletter: PATCO "Boston Beacon"
1979-1981

Box 8:25
Newsletter: PATCO "Boston Bulletin"
1972-1973

Box 8:26
Newsletter: PATCO - Branch Newsletters - Eastern U.S.
1971-1981

Box 8:27
Newsletter: PATCO - Branch Newsletters - Central U.S.
1973-1981

Box 8:28
Newsletter: PATCO - Branch Newsletters - Western U.S.
1980

Box 8:29
Newsletter: PATCO "Labor Relations Monitor"
1977-1981

Box 8:30
Newsletter: PATCO "Memo"
1972

Box 8:31
Newsletter: PATCO "National News Memorandum"
1969-1971, Sep

Box 8:32
Newsletter: PATCO "National News Memorandum"
1971, Oct - Dec

Box 8:33
Newsletter: PATCO "National News Memorandum"
1972-1973

Box 8:34
Newsletter: PATCO "Negotiations Update"
1981

Box 8:35
Newsletter: PATCO "News from PATCO"
1975-1976

Box 8:36
Newsletter: PATCO "Newsletter"
1971-1972

Box 8:37
Newsletter: PATCO "Newsletter"
1973-1974

Box 8:38
Newsletter: PATCO "Newsletter"
1975-1976

Box 8:39
Newsletter: PATCO "Newsletter"
1977

Box 8:40
Newsletter: PATCO "Newsletter"
1978

Box 8:41
Newsletter: PATCO "Newsletter"
1979-1980

Box 8:42
Newsletter: PATCO "Pathfinder"
1971-1977

Box 8:43
Newsletter: PATCO "Pathfinder"
1978-1980

Box 8:44
Newsletter: PATCO "Political Action Committee Bulletin"
1981

Box 8:45
Newsletter: PATCO "Presidential Update"
1972-1981

Box 8:46
Newsletter: PATCO "Progressive"
1979-1980

Box 8:47
Newsletter: PATCO "Special Report"
1980-1981

Box 8:48
Reports: AFL-CIO "Platform Proposals"
1980

Box 8:49
Reports: U.S. Comptroller General on F.A.A. Reducing Hours for ATCs
1981

Box 8:50
Reports: U.S. Department of Labor
1971-1974

Box 8:51
Box 9. Restricted Until 2028




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  • Air traffic control
  • Air travel
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  • Arbitration, Industrial
  • Bailey, F. Lee (Francis Lee), 1933 -
  • Bond, W. Langhorne, 1893-1985
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Boyce, John
  • Brophy, Kevin
  • Carter, Jimmy, 1924 -
  • Collective bargaining
  • Collective labor agreements
  • Fermon, Michael
  • Government employee unions
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  • Keepers, William
  • Kerr, George
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  • Lapine, John
  • Leyden, John
  • Logan International Airport
  • Mahar, John (Jack)
  • Matthews, Stanley
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association
  • National Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (U.S.)
  • Negotiation
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Poli, Robert
  • Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (Washington, D.C.)
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Stablewski, James
  • Sweezy, F. Robert ("Bob")
  • Tucker, Gary
  • Unfair labor practices
  • United States Civil Service Commission
  • United States--Officials and employees--Job stress
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