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Randy Razook PATCO collection

 Collection
Identifier: L2011-06

Scope and Content of the Collection

Legal files, correspondence, reference files, administrative files, contract agreements, constitutions, notes, and artifacts make up the Randy Razook Collection, 1977-1987 (bulk 1980-1981). Legal files document Randy Razook's court proceedings following his dismissal, the civil action taken against all striking PATCO members, and the fired controllers' attempts to appeal their termination. Reference files include educational materials utilized by PATCO members in organizing the strike, Choirboy procedures, cluster organizer manuals, legislative hearing proceedings, statistical analyses, newsletters, reports, and strike-related press coverage. Several statistical reports pertain to questionnaires administered by the national board in order to assess the predominate attitude of PATCO members regarding the strike.

Administrative files pertain primarily to organizing the strike, including picketing schedules, lists of clusters throughout the Eastern region, cluster communication network charts, head counts, strike planning materials, and correspondence between members of the Executive Board, Benefits Committee, and Choirboys. Correspondence also contains Randy Razook and Director of Field Activities, James G. Lundie's resignation letters. Artifacts include picket signs, buttons, and Razook's 1981 Convention nametags. Oversized picket signs have been separated and placed into the mapcases with other oversized PATCO materials.

Dates

  • 1977-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1981

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. 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 Randy Razook

Randy Razook was a member of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) and worked for the Eastern region in the state of Massachusetts. Razook also served as president of Local 229, Hyannis Tower, in Barnstable, Massachusetts.

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 the 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. Randy Razook served as Choirboy for Clusters 28 and 29 of the Eastern region, organizing all striking controllers in this area.

In August of 1981, Razook was fired alongside 11,000 other PATCO members for participating in an illegal strike against the federal government. In December of 1981, Razook resigned from his position after disagreeing with the decisions made by the national office and feeling that other methods would be necessary to get fired controllers back to work.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)

Abstract:

Randy Razook was a member of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) and worked for the Eastern region in the state of Massachusetts. He served as president of Local 229, Hyannis Tower and Choirboy for Clusters 28 and 29 of the Eastern region, organizing all striking controllers in this area. In August of 1981, Razook was fired alongside 11,000 other PATCO members for participating in an illegal strike against the federal government. Legal files, correspondence, reference files, administrative files, contract agreements and constitutions, notes, and artifacts make up the Randy Razook collection.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Randy Razook, 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. Ron Elliott PATCO collection, 1978-1995 (L2011-02)
  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
Randy Razook:
Subtitle
A Guide to His PATCO Collection at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
October 6, 2011
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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