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Fallen PATCO National Leader & Brother


Jim Hays

PATCO 1st  National President 1969.


PATCO brother Jim Hays (age78), passed away December 7, 2016 in Stuart, Florida.

Jim's involvement and dedication in the early years of our newly-formed union brought the serious and critical issues of the air traffic control system to the forefront and national attention. The FAA refused to address the issues, but things were about to change in spite of the agencies autocratic attitude.

Jim led the first sick out (job action) against the FAA  in early 1970 because of severe staffing shortages. This action forced the FAA to hire more controllers.

His continued leadership and dedication helped to pave the way for future generations, to ensure a better working profession; which included the first ever air traffic controller retirement bill that was signed into law by President Nixon.

Jim was a true "Labor Leader" that always fought for the controllers and their profession no matter who or what got in the way.

Rest in Peace Brother Jim.

The following is a video tribute to Jim.

In Solidarity,









PATCO Controller Wins job back at San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP)

SERCO terminated a PATCO air traffic controller who worked at San Luis Obispo, CA.  This unjust firing by the Company revolved around the time period when the controller was on a legally entitled California meal break.

The Union took the case to arbitration, and the Arbitrator ruled against SERCO.  The controller was awarded full reinstatement back to the facility, with compensation for lost earnings and other benefits.



NATCA loses lawsuit to shut down contract towers


A win for contract tower controllers


For nearly 17 years NATCA fought hard to shut down the FAA contract tower program, with the objective to force those towers and jobs back to the Federal Sector. In August 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit disagreed with them, affirmed a lower court opinion and dismissed their lawsuit. The ruling resolves the challenge to FAA being able to contract for air traffic services at relatively low activity towers. 


The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, Inc. (PATCO) represents many air traffic controllers that work at FAA contract towers, and it considers them highly dedicated and professionally skilled in the service they provide to the flying public.

Our Union has always supported the contract tower program and the professional controllers behind the scenes. The Union will continue to work with all contractors involved to ensure that air safety is at the highest level.

Contract controllers are professionals that deserve better, so if you need a Union that really cares about your job, security, future, and that will fight for your rights, PATCO is your Union.

 Story @  NATCA lawsuit dismissed

Court Decision @  NATCA Loss



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