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Encyclopedia > Air traffic controllers' strike of 1981
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The Air traffic controllers' strike of 1981 began on August 3, 1981. The strike is one of the major strikes to take place in recent United States history, involving 13,000 people. The strike took place after the Federal Aviation Administration failed to act on the concerns of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. The PATCO was concerned about the conditions of work for the controllers. Disputes between the company and association had begun with the PATCO's founding in 1968. At its height, 85 percent of the workers were on strike. Because of the numbers and the timing of the strike President Ronald Reagan stepped in. Following Calvin Coolidge's dictum that no one could strike against the public safety, he announced that any air traffic controllers who refused to return to work in 48 hours would be fired. Only 1,650 returned to work out of 13,000, and the rest were fired. Some historians consider this strike the start of the decline of organized labor in recent U.S. history. Jump to: navigation, search August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pre-Colonial America For details, see the main Pre-Colonial America article. ... The Federal Aviation Administration is the entity of the United States government which regulates and oversees all aspects of civil aviation in the U.S. // Activities Along with the European Joint Aviation Authorities, the FAA is one of the two main agencies worldwide responsible for the certification of new aircraft. ... The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization or PATCO was a labor union which formerly represented air traffic controllers in the United States in matters relating to wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search Ronald Wilson Reagan, GCB, (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... Jump to: navigation, search John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. ... Jump to: navigation, search Controllers survey the field at Misawa Air Base, Japan. ... An individual can face termination of employment, or job loss, for one of many reasons. ... A union (labor union in American English; trade union, sometimes trades union, in British English; either labour union or trade union in Canadian English) is a group of workers who act collectively to address common issues. ...


Many found it ironic when, in 1998, Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, given that Reagan fired the striking air traffic controllers. Jump to: navigation, search 1998(MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Color enhanced USGS satellite image of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, taken April 26, 2002. ... Jump to: navigation, search Color enhanced USGS satellite image of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, taken April 26, 2002. ...


External links

  • Article giving the numbers in the strike
  • Overview of the strike and its effects

 
 

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