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Ron Elliott PATCO collection

 Collection
Identifier: L2011-02

Scope and Content of the Collection

Legal files, grievances, reference files, correspondence, administrative files, newsletters, photographs, audio recordings, and artifacts make up the Ron Elliot PATCO Collection, 1978-1995 (bulk 1980-1982). Legal files document Ron Elliott's personal court proceedings leading up to his dismissal, the civil action taken against other PATCO members, and the fired air traffic controllers' attempts to appeal their termination. Reference files include strike planning materials; transcripts from Call PAC's weekly strike updates; testimony of PATCO president Robert E. Poli; Choirboy and facility representative manuals; PATCO propaganda; the notes of Atlanta Center facility representative Don Kovacs; press releases; legislation; and newspaper clippings. Also included are several audio recordings of Call PAC strike updates as well as news coverage of the PATCO strike.

Correspondence includes communication between Ron Elliott and other PATCO members, attorneys, the FAA, and potential employers as well as letters written by others in support of the strike. Administrative files include lists of PATCO Southeastern representatives and committee members, board meeting summaries, and a personnel log of 1981 strikers. Photographs include PATCO strikers with picket signs and mug shots of Ron Elliott and other arrested strikers. Textiles contain 12 t-shirts related to PATCO before and during the strike as well as a tablecloth autographed by President Bob Poli on August 3, 1981. Artifacts include picket signs, horsecount charts, and buttons. The picket signs and horsecount charts have been separated and placed into the mapcases with other oversized PATCO materials. Please consult archivist about these documents.

Dates

  • 1978-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1982

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Access to materials with personal or sensitive information has been restricted. Please consult with archivist for more information about accessing these records. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Biography of Ron Elliott

Ron Elliott began his training as an air traffic controller at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. After serving in the United States Air Force as a military controller, Elliott became a member of PATCO (Professional Air Traffic Controllers) and spent 11 years as a controller in the Atlanta Metro area.

When PATCO underwent contract negotiations with the FAA in 1978, many air traffic controllers felt that they did not receive the wages, benefits, and respect they deserved. The Choirboy Program was established as a direct response to the negotiation results in order to convince other PATCO members that a more radical approach was necessary. A Choirboy was selected to oversee each regional cluster to educate PATCO members about a potential strike and increase union solidarity. By holding meetings, distributing educational materials, communicating with Choirboys from other regions, and overseeing the implementation of strike protocols, they played an integral role in the strength of the PATCO strike. Ron Elliott served as a Choirboy for Local 101 and the Atlanta cluster, which included all striking controllers in the Atlanta Metro area.

Elliott and many other PATCO members were prosecuted as criminals for participating in and claiming the right to strike against the U.S. Government. He was fired in August of 1981 alongside 11,000 other PATCO members, all of whom were permanently banned from being rehired. Elliott and many others spent over a decade lobbying for a repeal of the ban.

Extent

3.34 Linear Feet (in 6 boxes)

Abstract:

Ron Elliott was a member of PATCO (Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization) and worked as an air traffic controller for 11 years. Elliott served as a Choir Boy for Local 101 and the Atlanta cluster, organizing all striking controllers in the Metro Atlanta area. When PATCO went on strike in 1981, Elliott and many other PATCO members were prosecuted for participating in and claiming the right to strike against the U.S. Government. Legal files, grievances, reference files, correspondence, administrative files, newsletters, photographs, and artifacts make up the Ron Elliot PATCO Collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by former PATCO member Ron Elliot, 2011.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in Other Repositories

  1. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) Records, 1970-1981 (2009-77). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  2. PATCO Records for the Southwest Region, 1968-1986 (AR291). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  3. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) Records, Local 332, Kansas City, Missouri, 1971-1987 (AR397). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  4. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization Records, Local 601, Anchorage, Alaska, 1968-1988 (AR389). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  5. Arthur B. Shostak Collection, 1974-1992 (AR374). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  6. George Brandon Papers, 1968-1982 (AR293). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization records, 1957-1985 (L1986-45)
  2. Chet Kisling papers, 1978-1996 (L2005-17)
  3. Arch Bailey papers, 1975-2002 (L2011-10)
  4. Randy Razook PATCO collection, 1977-1987 (L2011-06)
  5. Thomas Pesnicak PATCO collection, 1975-1983 (L2011-11)
  6. Marlene and Ronald Palmer PATCO scrapbooks, 1979-2001 (L2011-18)

Processing Information

Processed by Crystal Rodgers, October 2011. EAD edited by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr., September 2015.
Title
Ron Elliott:
Subtitle
A Guide to His PATCO Collection at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
October 5, 2011
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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