Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reagan union-busting legacy comes full circle at Washington airport named after him

Pilots of two passenger jets from American and United Airlines with a combined total of 165 people on board had to land last night without getting an answer from the tower at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, the commercial airport closest to the Pentagon, White House and US Capitol.
     In 1981 11,000 members of PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Association, struck and President Ronald Reagan fired them all. More than 8,700 air traffic controllers were subsequently hired.
     Not enough, apparently.

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