Airways6max From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2507 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.
MCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2405 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.)