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Firing Of ATC's In 1981  
User currently offlineDeltacvg From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 12 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

I came across an article about former President Reagan firing around 10,000 ATC controllers. Anybody know why he did this?

-Beat Army

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User currently offlineStowAway From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 640 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2257 times:

DeltaCVG,

There is a really good article about it here: http://www.buyandhold.com/bh/en/education/history/2001/ronaldreagan.html

Hope that helps!

StowAway @ BNA



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

The controllers illegally went on strike... Reagan gave them 24 hours to return to work, they didn't... they all got canned.


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User currently offlineAirways6max From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

The air-traffic controllers went out on strike, which is illegal for federal employees. So Reagan fired them. They had 48 hours to return to work. If they did not, they lost their jobs. The ATCs in 1981 may have had legitimate grievances, but going out on strike, leaving the control towers unmanned and putting the safety of the flying public in jeopardy was not the answer.

User currently offlineDeltacvg From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2210 times:

StowAway,
The article explained a lot. Thank you.

-Beat Army


User currently offlineMCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

The article was interesting. I was reading "Splash of Colors" by John J. Nance, which is about Braniff (it's a great book, albeit out of print.)

He mentions that when the air traffic controllers were replaced, many of the veteran airline pilots were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness and helpfulness of the new controllers (the ones who were hired to replace the striking workers.)


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