Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Labor: how I learned to hate Ronald Reagan and stop worrying

Twenty-five years ago, on Aug. 3, 1981, more than 12,000 members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization walked off the job, setting off a chain of events that would redefine labor relations in America.

In response to the walkout, President Ronald Reagan issued one of the defining statements of his presidency. He said the striking air-traffic controllers were in violation of the law; if they did not report to work within 48 hours, their jobs would be terminated.

Reagan carried out his threat.
I was just a few days old when Reagan decided to fuck labor in the ass for all time.

NPR covers the 25 year anniversary of the greatest single blow of destruction to progressive economics in my generation.


michael said...

unions are 39% good and 40% evil and the rest is misspelled or a picture of mickey mouse.

Garrett said...

well, i'll be the first male member of my family not to be working under the "protection" of a union. and are we talking about pre-reagan unions? or post-reagan unions? or just plain pre-AFL sit-ins back in the 30s and 40s?

michael said...

i wonder if there are more misspellings now or in the 30s. in any case mickey probably looked a little different. if you know what i'm getting at.