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ALPA Miami PAA MEC Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002506
The PAA MEC Records include MEC meeting minutes, agendas, and supporting documents from the 1980s and 1990s, as well as administrative, and Retirement and Insurance Committee files from the 1970s-1980s. The Pan American-National Airline merger is covered through subject files, arbitration hearing transcripts, and exhibits from both the PAA and NAL ALPA, and the PAA and NAL Flight Engineers International Association (FEIA).

Important Subjects: Airline pilots Airlines Collective bargaining Airlines—Employees—Labor unions Airlines—Mergers Airlines—Technological innovations—United States Airlines—United States—Management Airplanes—Piloting Flight Engineer’s International Association National Airlines National Mediation Board (U. S.) Pan American World Airways Pilots and pilotage

Important Names: Anderson, R.E. Astor, Irwin Bassett, H.D. Burke, R. L. (MEC) Gould, Robert (MEC) Hickman, T.D. Israelite, D.Z. Johnstad, Errol (MEC) Labbee, M.F. Lenzi, A.J. (MEC) Lyon, M.E. MacQuarrie, James (MEC) McGlynn, G.J. McGrory, Robert Metcalf, Paul (MEC) Wright, D.E.

Series Description: Series 1: MEC Meetings, 1975-1991 Series 2: Administrative Files, 1967-1991 Series 3: PAA/NAL Merger Files, 1978-1989

Dates

  • 1961 - 1991
  • Majority of material found within 1977 - 1990

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

13 Linear Feet (12 SB, 1 OS)

Abstract

(MEC) span from the 1970s to 1991 when Pan Am ceased operations. The PAA MEC worked to ensure its pilots had fair working agreements, and focused on retirement and insurance for all levels of cockpit crew. In 1980, Pan Am bought National Airlines (NAL) in an attempt to expand their domestic routes and increase revenue. The MEC pursued an evenhanded merging of the two seniority lists, however the end product caused some frustration among the pilot group, particularly those lower on the seniority list. In the end, the merger wasn’t enough to save the airline and PAA declared bankruptcy on January 8, 1991. The PAA MEC Records include MEC meeting minutes, agendas, and supporting documents from the 1980s and 1990s, as well as administrative, and Retirement and Insurance Committee files from the 1970s-1980s. The Pan American-National Airline merger is covered through subject files, arbitration hearing transcripts, and exhibits from both the PAA and NAL ALPA, and the PAA and NAL Flight Engineers International Association (FEIA).

History

The records of the Pan American World Airways (PAA) Master Executive Council (MEC) span from the 1970s to 1991 when Pan Am ceased operations. Pan Am’s peak years were the late 1960s and early 1970s, after which, because of the 1973 oil crisis, lower revenue, and aging aircraft, Pan Am went on the decline. The PAA MEC worked to ensure its pilots had fair working agreements, and focused on retirement and insurance for all levels of cockpit crew. In 1980, Pan Am bought National Airlines (NAL) in an attempt to expand their domestic routes and increase revenue. The MEC worked hard to ensure an evenhanded merging of the two seniority lists, however the end product caused some frustration among the pilot group, particularly those lower on the seniority list. The merger, however, wasn’t enough to save the airline and even after attempts to restructure the airline and the sale of some routes the airline couldn’t continue and declared bankruptcy on January 8, 1991, ceasing operations December 4, 1991.

Arrangement

Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-8) and Series 3 (Boxes 8-13). Folders are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition

Various shipments from the ALPA Miami field office from 1991-1996.

Related Materials

ALPA collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Makas on April 10, 2014.
Title
Guide to the ALPA Miami PAA MEC Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kathy Makas.
Date
2014-04-10
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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