American Train Dispatchers Association Records

Collection Number: 5195

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library

This collection was processed with the help of generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

American Train Dispatchers Association Records, 1937-1971
Collection Number:
American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA)
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents).
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Agreements and other materials relating to the American Train Dispatchers Association's relationship with various railroad carriers and other labor organizations.
Collection material in English


The American Train Dispatchers Association [ATDA] is an AFL-CIO affiliated labor organization, representing railroad workers in the United States. The ATDA was founded in Spokane, Washington in 1917 and is currently headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The ATDA is primarily a craft union representing railroad dispatchers, including specialized dispatchers such as Assistant and Night Chief Dispatchers, who supervise other dispatchers, and trick Train Dispatcher, who are responsible for actual train movements. The ATDA also represents Power Supervisors or Directors and Load Dispatchers, who control the distribution of electric power to railroads which use electricity for propulsion. The ATDA also functions as an industrial union for employees on short line railroads, representing Trainmen, Enginemen, Maintenance of Way Employees, Mechanical and Clerical Employees.
(For further history, see American Train Dispatchers Association.)


Inclusive date range: 1937-1971
Bulk dates: 1950-1971
This collection consists of agreements and other materials relating to the American Train Dispatchers relationship with various railroad carriers. It also contains reports from various Presidential Emergency Boards, newspaper clippings and trade union articles regarding the Railroad Shopcraft Dispute of 1967, bulletins from the Railroad Labor Executives' Association, annual reports for railroads and for industries serviced by railroads, and arbitration and agreements between other labor organizations and various carriers. Also found in this collection are the ATDA's Constitution and By-Laws from a twenty-one year span, 1950 to 1971, showing the amendments made to the document during the meeting of the General Assembly.
Of particular interest is the Agreement between the ATDA and other railroad labor unions and the Norfolk and Western Railway Company [NW], which became necessary when in 1964 the NW accomplished one of the most complicated railroad mergers of the time, incorporating the Nickel Plate Road; the Wabash Railroad; the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway; and the Akron, Canton, and Youngstown Railroad into its system. In addition to the agreements, there are also annotated drafts, minutes of meetings, other consolidation agreements, and rosters of the train dispatchers from each system. The supporting materials for this agreement also include a list of assignments from the NW system, including such information as the mileage for which the dispatcher was responsible, the types of communication available, whether there are remotely controlled C.T.C.s (centralized traffic controls), and the mileage inside and out of the yards.

American Train Dispatchers Association.

Train Dispatchers -- Labor unions -- United States.
Collective labor agreements -- Railroads -- United States.
Collective bargaining -- Railroads -- United States.
Railroads -- United States -- Employees.
Wages -- Railroads -- United States
Railroads -- Mergers -- United States
Railroads -- Employees - - Labor unions

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


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Cite As:
American Train Dispatchers Association Records #5195. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Box 1 Folder 1 1950-1971
Box 1 Folder 2 1962-1968
1. Org. Draft; 2. Carrier Draft; 3. Clerks Agreement; 4. Coord. Agreement; 5. Consol. Agreement; 6. Proposed Changes; 7. Seniority - Age; 8.Assignments.
Box 1 Folder 3 1965-1968
Box 1 Folder 4 1960-1964
Box 1 Folder 5 1950-1957
Box 1 Folder 6 1937
Box 1 Folder 7 1967
Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe Railway; Corn Products Company; Nabisco Biscuit Company; Montgomery Ward Company;
Box 1 Folder 8 1966-1967