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The Legends Of Air Traffic Control


"Our struggle must not go unheeded, but rather, it should be allowed to have as much publicity as possible for the sake of future generations of Labor.

We are an important facet of American history, and our story needs to be preserved, no matter if we are seen as right or wrong.”

Written by a PATCO striker......

There is only one original PATCO....
 and it started over 47 years ago!

January 1968 PATCO is born

Jack Maher   Mike Rock

In 1968, PATCO was formed by Co Founders  Jack Maher and Mike Rock. It was during this time period that the PATCO Original Logo was designed and created by Jack Maher. The Union was certified by the FLRA as the exclusive representative for all  FAA Air Traffic Controllers. The first job action of  1969 was one of the first major job actions against the FAA by PATCO.

August 3, 1981


On August 3, 1981 PATCO controllers were forced to go on strike against the FAA due to the deplorable working conditions. President Reagan fired over eleven thousand of the controllers, threw hundreds in jail, and banned the controllers from their profession for life.  On October 1981, the Union was decertified by the Reagan Administration, and a year later PATCO filed for bankruptcy due to the governments union busting tactics.

Ron Taylor was hired by the FAA at Miami Center in early 1970 and worked there as a journeyman air traffic controller until the spring of 1975. He  then transferred to West Palm Beach Tower where he was elected the PATCO Facility President.  He went on strike August 3, 1981, was banned for life from the profession, and never returned.

1996 PATCO is Re-Formed;

In 1996, PATCO Co-Founder and National Coordinator Brother Jack Maher re-formed PATCO as an independent, autonomous organization. Brother Maher appointed Ron Taylor as the National Coordinator  of PATCO along with exclusive rights to the PATCO Registered Trademark.  

PATCO held its first Convention in August 2001, in Las Vegas, and it was at this convention that new officers were elected. Ron Taylor was elected President of the Union along with other officers  according to geographical territories.

PATCO an Independent  Labor Union

On January 1, 2004, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) became an independent certified labor union, with Brother Jack Maher as a member.

On October 15, 2008, PATCO signed an Alliance Agreement with the Teamsters Airline Division.

PATCO back in the AFL-CIO

On November 9, 2014, PATCO affiliated with the Office & Professional Employees International Organization (OPEIU.)  AFL-CIO, CLC

PATCO moves forward for a “Brighter Future”

PATCO currently represents contract tower controllers working for RVA,  Midwest, DCSI and SERCO. The Tower locations are in numerous locations, which includes Florida,  New Jersey, Texas, Montana, Georgia, Connecticut, Indiana,  Wisconsin,  Hawaii, Washington and California.  

National Officers:

Ron Taylor………President

John Dwyer……. Executive Vice President

David Ailes...........Eastern VP

Marty Heischberg... Southern VP

Gerald May…...Central VP

Jack Ruley.....Western VP

Carol Taylor……..Secretary/Treasurer

PATCO has held Conventions in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, New Orleans in 2005, Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood , Florida on August 3, 2006, and  Memphis / Tunica, Mississippi, on  May 19-20, 2008.  The PATCO  30 th  Anniversary Convention was held August 3, 2011, at the Hard Rock Hotel, in Hollywood, Florida.

PATCO is registered with the Department of Labor (DOL),  and certified  by the NLRB. Ron Taylor is registered in the State of Florida as the PATCO Union Business Agent. Our Non Profit Corporation is listed with the IRS as a " Non Profit 501 C (4)" in the State of Florida.

The PATCO Trademarks / Logos are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C.

PATCO Labor Attorney law firm is Sugarman & Susskind, P.A., located in Miami, Florida.

PATCO web sites @ 
www.patco81.com & www.patcounion.org

 PATCO National Office Location:  Stuart, Florida

 (772) 283-3369

   Jack Maher,          Jim Hays              Ron Taylor

    Co Founder           1st President       Current President