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Host, Joe Burns:
Ask any union activist what went wrong with the labor movement in the last several decades, good chance you will hear about PATCO. In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired strike members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO). To many observers, this signaled a green light by the Federal government for union busting.
Professor Joseph McCartin, one of the nation’s leading scholars on the decline of the strike, has written the definitive account of the PATCO strike. In Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers and the Strike that Changed America, McCartin details two decades of struggle by this group of often militant Federal employees culminating in the failed 1981 strike. Collision Course is a well written, meticulously researched, and detailed account of the PATCO strike.
Come join in a discussion of this important book, covering a wide variety of topics: What was the impact of the PATCO strike on public sector unions? What was Reagan’s role in the PATCO strike? What can today’s public sector workers learn from PATCO’s history of struggle through the 1970s, including slowdowns and sickouts? What was PATCO’s impact on private sector workers?
Join us in the discussion with your comments and questions for today’s Book Salon author, Joseph McCartin. With the attack on unions, both public and private intensifying, the lessons of the PATCO strike are more significant than ever.