Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike That Changed America
On August 3, 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, representing 12,000 federal employees, called an illegal strike. Ronald Reagan, president for less than seven months, fired the strikers, establishing a reputation for prompt resolution, not to mention hostility toward organized labor. But as Joseph A. McCartin writes, the PATCO strike was much more...more
McCartin, a labor historian at Georgetown University, starts with the first description I have read of the writing of Executive Order 10988 by President Kennedy in 1962, the order that allowed federal sector unions to engage in ...more
The author settled down and started offering facts and insights like a real documentarian. This book was only a few pages from being tossed into the proverbial fireplace.
I still contend that this book is far too long. 500 PAGES!!. I'm getting a huge backlog of books building up while I try to get through this one. I'm hoping that 15-20% of the book are references. Note: I'm reading the electronic version ...more
One thing that ...more
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I was born in 1968. So in 1981 I was thirteen years old, and I was growing up in a staunch Republican family (though one who preferred to get their news from MacNeil and Lehrer; I still haven't figured out how to reconcile that). I was not terribly politically aware, partial ...more
The book goes through the history of U.S. air controllers and the formation of PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. It follows the union through its demise after Ronald Reagan fir ...more
Collision Course by Joseph McCartin provides an interesting look at the labor disputes of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) that led to the mass firing of Air Traffic Controllers during an illegal strike under Ronald Reagan's presidency. McCartin looks at the development of PATCO starting in the 1960's at its formation in what would become La Guardia. The author then tracks in very exacting detail the steps that formed PATCO a ...more
McCarin gets extra points for tying this history to present day efforts to curb the bargaining of public sector unions. The best his ...more
The union seriously overplayed its hand by not stopping at the brink when they had wrested concessions from the gov' ...more
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This is almost a textbook on the subject: very thoroughly researched and brimming with detail and information spanning several decades before and after the fateful PATCO strike. It is one of those books that will not leave you asking questions about the who, what, where, and when. However, when it comes to the 'why', I do feel the bias shows in the writer's perspective. That said, a subjectively written work on history m ...more