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View Diary: The One About Reagan's Anti-Union Chickens Coming Home To Roost. (20 comments)

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  •  May I republish this to the "In support of Labor (2+ / 0-)

    and Unions" group?

    "I never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

    by brae70 on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 06:42:35 AM PDT

    •  To brae 70 and a quick comment. (1+ / 0-)
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      Regina in a Sears Kit House

      Thank you brae70 please do.

      As for the person who noted that PATCO backed Reagan, that is indeed correct. However the sense I've gotten is that he vastly downplayed his anti-union leanings.

      Thanks to everyone who's read and commented.

      •  It was a complex set of circumstances. (1+ / 0-)
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        Regina in a Sears Kit House

        Carter, although a Democrat (and for whom I voted), was still a gentleman farmer and had several conservative veins running through his soul. Being CiC during a period of ongoing strife between PATCO and the FAA, he appointed Langhorne Bond as Administrator. We called "working in Bondage" at the time, as he instituted a series of anti-worker policies, none of which I now remember (a lot happened after that, so forgive me).

        By 1980, we were looking for some serious help, and Reagan, with a background as a union leader (president of SAG—make of that what you will), and as someone who proclaimed, in writing, that he would support us, looked like a better proposition than four more years of Bondage.

        Yes, we broke ranks. That was my last time ever. But with the conditions on the ground, and with a written commitment for a better alternative, there really wasn't much of a choice.

        For the record, there were a lot of unions who crossed our picket lines. I'll never forgive them for that.

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