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Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America

Joseph A. McCartin

Abstract

In August 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) called an illegal strike. The new president, Ronald Reagan, fired the strikers, establishing a reputation for both decisiveness and hostility to organized labor. As this book states, the strike was the culmination of two decades of escalating conflict between controllers and the government that stemmed from the high-pressure nature of the job and the controllers' inability to negotiate with their employer over vital issues. PATCO's fall not only ushered in a long period of labor decline; it also served as a harbinger ... More

Keywords: strike, PATCO, Ronald Reagan, air traffic controllers, labor politics, Mike Rock, Jack Maher, Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199836789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199836789.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph A. McCartin, author
Georgetown University, Associate Professor of History, US