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Collision Course Ronald Reagan the Air Traffic Controllers and the Strike That Changed America On August the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization representing federal employees called an illegal strike Ronald Reagan president for less than seven months fired the

  • Title: Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike That Changed America
  • Author: Joseph A. McCartin
  • ISBN: 9780199836789
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike That Changed America By Joseph A. McCartin, 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 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 than a single, turning point labor dispute It was the culmination years of high stakes conflict, recurrent airline disasters, and the tragic struggles of individual air traffic controllers whose actions repeatedly saved lives, but who could not save their union The fall of PATCO not only ushered in a long period of labor decline, but served as a harbinger for the current campaign against public sector unions that now roils American politics In Collision Course, McCartin sets the PATCO strike within a vivid panorama of the rise and near fall of the world s busiest air traffic control system He begins with an arresting account of the mid air collision over Park Slope, Brooklyn, on December 16, 1960, that cost 134 lives and disillusioned controllers Through the stories of controllers like Mike Rock and Jack Maher, who were galvanized into action by the Brooklyn disaster and went on to found PATCO, McCartin describes the intense camaraderie, professionalism, and ambition of those who sought to make the airways safer and their jobs less stressful while at the same time pushing their way into the middle class Collision Course tells a story of escalating confrontation, political intrigue, and post 1960s generational conflict Most of all, it tells the story of Reagan and the controllers, whose surprising courtship in the 1980 election led PATCO to endorse the Republican on the promise that he would address controllers grievances That brief fateful alliance triggered devastating miscalculations that changed the course of history, establishing patterns that still govern America s labor politics Gripping, incisive, written with an eye for detail and a grasp of the vast consequences of PATCO conflict for both air travel and America s working class, Collision Course is a stunning achievement.

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    1. This has to be the best history on federal government unions out there, made even impressive because it is tied to the fascinating story of the most important event in late 20th century union politics, the breaking of the PATCO air traffic controllers strike of 1981.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 coll [...]

    2. This is a very important book about a very important incident in US history A union that had air traffic employees as its members named PATCO, decided to strike illegally for better pay and better working conditions It defied a president who had been the only one to ever lead a labor union and he fired them all and banned them from finding jobs within the FAA This happened when Ronald Reagan was president in 1981 and public unions never recovered from the strike It has gradually led to the decre [...]

    3. 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 and the [...]

    4. I am now 50% through this book and can now honestly raise my ranking from 2 stars to 3 stars.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 so I ca [...]

    5. Joseph A McCarin in writing Collision Course Ronald Regan, the air traffic controllers and The Strike that Changed America has written a readable, yet engaging account of the thirty year history of air traffic controllers efforts to unionize and the political ramifications of these efforts that eventually culminated in the 1981 strike and dismissal of controllers.McCarin gets extra points for tying this history to present day efforts to curb the bargaining of public sector unions The best histor [...]

    6. Joseph A McCartin, Collision Course Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America Oxford University Press, 2011 full disclosure this book was provided to me free of charge by Vine.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, partially because of th [...]

    7. This book had obvious appeal to me since I spent my career in the FAA as an air traffic controller and was always active in NATCA Hired in April of 1983 and a charter member of NATCA I can identify strongly with the problems faced by PATCO As McCartin stated in the book, within two years of Reagan firing all the PATCO controllers efforts were already underway by the new recruits to get a union to represent us As we were known to say they fired all the controllers, but the heavy handed authoritar [...]

    8. Several years ago I saw an interesting but depressing movie with Michael Douglas called Falling Down It starts off with Douglas sitting in Los Angeles freeway traffic, except the traffic isn t moving at all and there seems to be no reason He gets so frustrated that he gets out and just walks away from his car He tries to get change at a small market to make a phone call he s late for his son s birthday party but the owner says he has to buy something Unfortunately, everything is over a dollar an [...]

    9. Remember PATCO, the doomed union of air traffic controllers who in August 1981 called an illegal strike designed to force the federal government to sweeten its contract offer The strike was illegal in two regards first it was attempting to force the Feds to negotiate concerning wages which is not permitted by federal law and importantly strkes by federal workers are unlawful.The union seriously overplayed its hand by not stopping at the brink when they had wrested concessions from the gov t but [...]

    10. I am a retired Supervisory Air Traffic Controller I spent most of my career at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center, including the years before, during and after the strike a facility much mentioned in the book Collision Course is a well written concise history of air transportation, air traffic control and the strike I do not agree with many of the authors statements concerning first line supervisors at the New York Center being in essence, too tough or unconcerned One thing that isn t [...]

    11. More reviews and no fluff on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress 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 means there is a pass [...]

    12. By the late 1970s, pro market republicans were winning the rhetorical battle over public sector union organizing, leaving Democrats little room to stake out their own positions those friendly to the unions were painted as fiscally irresponsible, those taking an anti union line seemed to be aping the Republican position The war on public sector unions came to a dramatic head in 1981, when Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 striking members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization PATCO Th [...]

    13. A pivotal moment in the recent history of American organized labor related by an author who clearly knows his subject Contrary to what one might expect from the title, it s not just about the strike it goes into the full backstory, presenting the history of air traffic controllers and organized labor and all that was simmering in the background leading up to the strike In all honesty, it probably deserves a fourth star, but two things detracted from my enjoyment of the book First, it was a bit d [...]

    14. This outstanding history begins with the December 13, 1960 midair collision between a United Air Lines DC 8 and a TWA Super Constellation over the skies of New York City It ends with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker removing the rights of public employee union collective bargaining in his state.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 fired [...]

    15. I was a little thrown by my own expectations, here from the sub title, I thought this was a book about the PATCO strike Actually, it s about the entire history of the air traffic controller industry The strike doesn t occur till 250 pages in This made me a bit impatient as I was reading it, but in retrospect it offered a pretty important background and context for what was to come This made a nice supplement to my labor law class but there s not actually a lot of law in it, and I think it would [...]

    16. A book about how the air traffic controllers in the 1970s thought they were the masters of the sky and started arm twisting the American government for money only to have their arms amputated by none other than President Reagan Engrossing.

    17. This book reads like a novel than a true story The air controller strike was a turning point in the union story of this county This is an important book that anyone who cares about the history of labor should read.

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