Frequently Asked Questions
about the Professional Airline Flight Control Association
In an effort to provide you more information about PAFCA we have put
together some questions and answers.
1. Who is PAFCA?
2. Why PAFCA?
3. How is
4. How much
are the dues?
5. Who runs the
I consider joining PAFCA?
PAFCA for all operational control personnel?
1. Who is PAFCA?
Established in 1971 at Delta, The Professional Airline Flight Control
Association (PAFCA) is a non-profit labor organization designed to
protect and promote the profession of operational control personnel.
2. Why PAFCA?
One united operational control labor voice is stronger than many
individual voices. PAFCA has established a good working
relationship with the airlines where they represent individuals (
DAL and UAL). While PAFCA works towards the goals of the
dispatchers, the dispatchers are working for the goals of the airline.
This creates a partnership with the corporation that will benefit both
parties in this relationship.
3. How is PAFCA
PAFCA is made up of locals (PAFCA-DAL, PAFCA-UAL) which
create the International. The International Board is made up of
the local presidents and a Chairman of the Board, along with a
International Secretary/ Treasurer. The goal of PAFCA is to allow the
locals to run their own business and look to the International for
4. How much are the dues?
The dues are set by each localís bylaws. Currently the
International assesses $24.00 per year per member, all other dues
remains in each local. This means your local is in control of
their own finances. The cost to run a local comes from meeting
rooms, office supplies, and the Executive Boards time off from work.
The average dues of the current locals is thirty (30) dollars a month. It can however be
higher depending on financial needs of the local.
5. Who runs the Locals?
The membership runs the local. The local Executive Board is
made up of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, or
Secretary/ Treasurer. These positions are filled by the
membership. The president of the Local is also a member of the
International Board of Directors.
6. Should I
consider joining PAFCA?
That depends upon your current situation, including any agreement
with the Company. You may have an open or closed shop, or agency shop.
However, without 100% membership it would be very difficult to run a
PAFCA local. As stated above, the locals run themselves and financially
support themselves. Without a lot of volunteerism and support from each
and every member it would be very difficult to establish and run your
own local. It takes a tremendous amount of time from the local officers
and also other members time in covering officers shifts while away from
work, sometimes for no compensation.
PAFCA for all operational control personnel interested in
We would hope so but we also realize that PAFCA is not for
individuals that want an international running their affairs. It is for
those that want to control their own destiny with utilization of the
best resources from all carriers represented under the PAFCA umbrella.
This resource utilization is coordinated by PAFCA International. The
International has no veto power over any local collective bargaining
agreement. The International does have approval rights over the
establishment of Local by-laws. That is to ensure that they are not
contrary to the Constitution of PAFCA International.
We would be happy to answer any further questions you may have.
Send questions to PAFCA@pafca.org