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Joseph “Joe” C. McGhee, Director of Personnel, papers, 1927-1994

Accession: 2136Identifier: 2136-VI.


  • Creation: 1927-1994

Scope and Contents

PLEASE NOTE: employees who were retained from company to company maintained their files and did not start new file arrangements. To aid researchers, the change in company name from Ransome Airlines to PAE to TWE appears before the original file title.

The Joseph "Joe" C. McGhee, Director of Personnel, papers series contains materials related to labor relations, labor union contracts and agreements, personnel benefits, and labor law. McGhee served in this position from 1986 to 1992, working for Pan Am Express and Trans World Express. Ethel Boyd was McGhee's predecessor in this position at Ransome Airlines, and McGhee inherited some of Boyd's files.

The series is arranged into five subseries: Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) files; Independent Union of Flight Attendaents (IUFA) files; International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) files; General files; and Grievance and arbitration files [RESTRICTED].

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) files subseries documents the process of collective bargaining or labor contract negotiation. During this process, the union submits a series of proposals on the employees' behalf. An agreement draft is submitted. The labor union and employer correspond concerning the draft, making revisions. Eventually, both sides will sign off on the draft, and a final agreement letter will be composed, signed, and officially published. The agreement letter, or contract, includes sections that cover pay, sick leave, vacation, overtime, benefits, and all policies and procedures. The materials in the subseries include contract drafts, final agreements, correspondence, wage rates, and pay scale analysis. A major issue between ALPA and PAE was compensation and seniority. As the regional carrier, the PAE pilots were paid at a lower rate than their Pan American World Airways counterparts, known as "B-scale." ALPA and PAE negotiated a promotion system that allowed pilots to go from PAE to the parent company, where PAE wouldn't lose too many pilots. Of significant interest among the TWE and ALPA materials are the Union Leave of Absence (ULOA) materials. The subseries is arranged chronologically and dates from 1983 to 1994.

The Independent Union of Flight Attendants (IUFA) files subseries contains primarily PAE agreements. There are some materials related to a Ransome Airlines agreement negotiation on April 1, 1985, and some correspondence between IUFA and TWE during the transition from PAE in 1991. The materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1985 to 1991.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) files subseries documents the collective bargaining or labor contract negotiation process for PAE and TWE. There is a National Mediation collective bargaining case document for Ransome Airlines from 1983. The majority of the materials consists of agreement drafts, drafts with comments, correspondence about contract negotiations, wage and salary negotiation data, and final agreements. The subseries is arranged in chronological order and dates from 1983 to 1993.

The General files subseries consists of materials related to benefits, reference materials, other labor unions, and financial reorganization papers from PAE's downsizing, beginning in 1989 and continuing through its bankruptcy in 1991 and transition to TWE. There are management and labor law bulletins and newsletters, information on travel schools, and PAE and TWE's thrift plan. The subseries is arranged in alphabetical order and dates from 1927 to 1993, with most of the materials dating from 1986 to 1993. The Grievance and arbitration files [RESTRICTED on 50-year time-seal] subseries consists of labor union grievances filed by unions on the employees' behalf, as well as arbitration documents. The grievance files are similar to human resources performance reviews or disciplinary documentation. An employee violated a policy and was cited for it, the employee disagreed with the company's action, and the union sent a grievance letter to the employer. The arbitration documentation often includes testimonies similar to depositions, briefs, exhibit evidence, correspondence, notes, opinions, and award letters. Materials from grievance files are often mixed in with the arbitration files or reused as exhibit evidence. The Systems Board of Adjustments (SBA) is the tribunal established to resolve arbitration disputes. The subseries has been arranged alphabetically by the union; the secondary arrangement is chronological to maintain the original order. The date the restriction ends has been noted in brackets in the file titles. The materials date from 1982 to 1994. There are ALPA grievances, primarily from PAE with a few from TWE. There are four PAE ALPA arbitration cases. There is a sample grievance and fact sheet for IUFA and IBT. One IUFA arbitration case became an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case; there are two other arbitration cases with their grievances. All IUFA materials are from PAE. There are some PAE and TWE grievances from IBT. Most of the IBT files are from one arbitration case on TWE vacation time. The IBT materials date from 1988 to 1994.


5.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Additional Description

Access Restrictions

Some portions of the collection are subject to a 50-year time seal from the date of creation due to privacy reasons. Specific restrictions are noted at the subseries level and in individual file titles.

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