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Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization  (PATCO)

What is PATCO?

The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization 1199 (PATCO1199) is a division of the Federation of Physicians & Dentists/Alliance of Healthcare & Professional Employees (FPD/AHPE), a non-profit organization representing public and private employees.  PATCO is affiliated with the National Union of Hospital & Healthcare Employees (NUHHCE) and with the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)/AFL-CIO. Together, these organizations enjoy the resources provided by more than 1.4 million members nationwide. Additionally, these affiliates have enabled PATCO1199 to expand our direct benefits and services to its members.


PATCO1199 provides air traffic controllers, weather observers, forecasters, meteorologists, base operations personnel and other service contract employee’s assistance to its bargaining unit members (except in negotiating individual and private contracts) and acts as an expert, aggressive bargaining agent for members in recognized collective bargaining units.  The organization is dedicated to improving the working conditions of its members.