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ALPA Governing Bodies: Central Executive Council Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002439
The records are made up of minutes of the Central Executive Council meetings from 1933-1946. Many of the subjects focus on the Council’s work interpreting and creating policies for the still new Association, such as membership acceptance, expulsion, and discipline; the salary, term, status and voting procedures for ALPA president; donation policies; correspondence forms and language; affiliations; incorporation; the Association emblem, and local council policies. The Council also concentrated on legislation issues; airport, airways, and aircraft development and guidelines; and government appointments and committees. Some other subjects from this time period dealt with war-time contingencies such as deferring the 85 hour per month rule, the status of active military and reserve pilots, crew complement issues and pay scale. In addition the council also reviewed and advised on air traffic control problems relating to weather, radio communications, and airport safety; strikes and strike breakers on Eastern Air Transport, Braniff Airways, and National Airlines; as well as organizing on Aerovias Centrales, Braniff Airways, Martz Airlines, and Pan American Grace.

Important Subjects: Air mail service—United States Air safety Air traffic control Aircraft accident investigation Airline pilots Airlines Collective bargaining Airlines—Employees—Labor unions Airlines—Mergers Airlines—Safety measures Airlines—Safety regulations Airlines—Strikes and lockouts Airlines—Technological innovations—United States Airlines—United States—Management Airplane Airworthiness Airplane crashes Airplanes—Piloting Airplanes—Piloting—Safety measures Pilots and pilotage

Important Names: Behncke, David L. Cole, H.F. Harris, L.W. Huber, John Knoop, H.L Kuhn, D.B. Malvick, W.G. Robertson, C.T. Rousch, Usher

Dates

  • 1933 - 1946

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 SB)

Abstract

The Central Executive Council (CEC) was formed by the Board of Directors in 1932 and consisted of the President, First Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and regional Vice Presidents. The council functioned mainly as an advisory body to the President, and also worked on policies, planning, and programs for ALPA. The records are made up of minutes of CEC meetings from 1933-1946. Many of the subjects focus on the Council’s work interpreting and creating policies for the still new Association, such as membership acceptance, expulsion, and discipline; the salary, term, status and voting procedures for ALPA president; donation policies; correspondence forms and language; affiliations; incorporation; the Association emblem, and local council policies. The Council also concentrated on legislation issues; airport, airways, and aircraft development and guidelines; and government appointments and committees. Some other subjects from this time period dealt with war-time contingencies such as deferring the 85 hour per month rule, the status of active military and reserve pilots, crew complement issues and pay scale. In addition the council also reviewed and advised on air traffic control problems relating to weather, radio communications, and airport safety; strikes and strike breakers on Eastern Air Transport, Braniff Airways, and National Airlines; as well as organizing on Aerovias Centrales, Braniff Airways, Martz Airlines, and Pan American Grace. In 1947, the Council was abolished by the BOD and the Executive Board was created in its stead.

History

The Air Line Pilots Association was formed in 1930 with the Board of Directors (BOD) as the decision making governing body. The BOD, however, only meets every two years and the Association soon became aware that another governing body was necessary to assist the President in fulfilling BOD directives and to take action on pressing matters in between conventions. In 1932 ALPA formed the Central Executive Council (CEC), which consisted of the President, First Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and regional Vice Presidents. The council functioned mainly as an advisory body to the President, and also worked on policies, planning, and programs for ALPA, though all major decisions were subject to BOD ratification. The CEC could approve charters and affiliations; deliberate on membership decisions such as acceptance of new members, or expulsion of current members; check and certify elections; call for balloting of the membership; and organize Local Executive Councils. In time the role of the CEC was called into question by the BOD as it was simply an advisory group which lacked real authority to take action on anything without BOD approval and its makeup did not allow for full representation of all the ALPA airlines. In 1947, the Council was abolished by the BOD and the Executive Board was created in its stead.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition

These records are made up from documents from the Data Resources, Data Preparation, Engineering and Air Safety, President’s, and Governing Bodies Support departments.

Related Materials

ALPA collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Makas on August 13, 2013.
Title
Guide to the ALPA Governing Bodies: Central Executive Council Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kathy Makas.
Date
2013-08-13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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