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  •  Regarding the PATCO srike (0+ / 0-)

    I don't know if this is true, but I have read that the PATCO agreement had a no strike provision. In addition, I have also read that each individual air traffic controller had signed a personal affidavit that they would not strike under any circumstances, and if they did they would be terminated.  Does anyone know if these statements are factual?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Aug 05, 2011 at 05:40:27 PM PDT

    •  I AM a PATCO controller ... (9+ / 0-)

      ... 30 years, and 3 days, later ...

      ... STILL ON STRIKE!

      We have them on their knees, though.  Any day now, it'll all be over.

      Yes.  It was a federal crime to strike.  Yes.  Each controller signed a no-strike pre-employment agreement.

      There is much more to the story than this, though.  Among other things, Reagan had sent a strong signal (pre-election) that his administration would be supportive of PATCO during its stalled negotiations with the FAA.

      Also, there had been prior job actions in the federal sector (including an earlier action by PATCO) that had not triggered legal retribution.

      I should write a book.  It will be a tragicomedy.

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