Labour Policy

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Air Traffic Controllers and the Reagan Administration (Name) (Institution Affiliation) (Date of submission) Introduction PATCO was launched in late 1960s by F. lee Bailey. The members of this organization were to adhere to aircraft’s standards of separation. The organization was later announced that it was not a professional association. The organization was termed as a trade union. The controllers found that it was too unfair for this organization and decided to react. In 1981, many controllers became impatient after months of negotiation with the government and went on strike. In contact talk, the president of the professional Air Traffic Controllers Association who was Robert Poli by then, talked about the three major demands of the union. They included raise across the board, reducing work week, and introducing better retirement package. Both the congress and the hearings focus on pay raise, but it was recognized that their controllers’ walkout had no any economic issue. The air traffic controllers played an important role in the defense system of America. When they walked of their job, they were threatened to lose their job. The trick was announced by the union where they demanded for better working conditions, reducing workweek from forty to thirty two. The union also did not want to be but of the civil service clauses. President Ronald Reagan declared that the strike was a threat to national security and therefore decided to fire 11,345 controllers who were on strike for two days. The president by then was seven months old in the office and only one month after the appointment of the first woman to serve in the Supreme Court. His presidency occurred when he the strike of the members of the Professional Air Tr... ... middle of paper ... ...e negotiations. However, the president was supported by law that burns all strikes by government unions. His decision had a great impact on the federal government. When President Clinton came to power, he changed the policy that did not allow those involved in PATCO strike to get federal jobs. In summary, strikes by federal have great effects to the participants. The president’s decision to fire the controllers on strike was unexpected and this strengthened his political power. It is was the strongest labor policy decision that Reagan made in his time. References McCartin, Joseph A. (2006), "Professional Air Traffic Controllers Strike (1981)", in Eric Arnesen, Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-class History, CRC Press, pp. 1123–1126, Nolan, Michael S. (1999). Fundamentals of air traffic control (3rd ed.). Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole.
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