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Gipper's Greatest Hits: Reagan Crushes the Air Traffic Controllers' Union Like an Insect
Reaganite Republican ^ | March 12, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 03/12/2011 3:36:11 AM PST by Reaganite Republican

"We cannot compare labor-management relations 
in the private sector with government..."


In August 1981, President Ronald Reagan faced down an audacious countrywide air traffic controllers strike that threatened to paralyze the nation's transportation system.

But the walkout violated a regulation prohibiting government unions from striking, so declaring the situation a federal emergency -per 1947 Taft Hartley Act- the President held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden to issue an ultimatum...


Reagan warned that if the air traffic controllers 
"do not report for work within 48 hours, 
they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated."

Many thought he was bluffing at the time, but despite fear of a political backlash emanating from some of his cabinet on August 5 1981 Ronald Reagan made plain he was not bluffing by firing every last one of the 11,345 striking air traffic controllers who had ignored his order to return to work.


The PATCO union was busted...  [video]
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Previous Gipper's Greatest features -here-

Enjoy your weekend, FReeper patriots...

-RR-




TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: 1981; patco; publicsectorunions; reagan; strike; union

1 posted on 03/12/2011 3:36:17 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Beautiful.


2 posted on 03/12/2011 3:51:09 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Beautiful.


3 posted on 03/12/2011 3:51:09 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Thanks for the excellent Gipper post! One of his finest moments, indeed.

One little thing, however, I must disagree with Reagan on —

“We cannot compare labor-management relations
in the private sector with government...”

In fact, unions are quite harmful in both public and private arenas. No matter where they are, unions use their enormous political and liberal media power to intimidate management and rake in lucrative pay and benefits. As a result, both governments and businesses go bankrupt while foreign competitors step in to pick up the pieces.


4 posted on 03/12/2011 4:03:55 AM PST by heye2monn
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To: Reaganite Republican
When Reagan made a full recovery from his assassination attempt, I felt I'd helped in a small way to elect an extraordinary man as president.

When he faced down PATCO, I knew it.

5 posted on 03/12/2011 4:04:18 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

That was pretty cool. I didn’t know how far this country has fallen until seeing the video. I was young when he was in office. I have seen the cliche of Reagan, but I have not seen this, and this is why he was respected.


6 posted on 03/12/2011 4:04:41 AM PST by Sarah-bot
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To: pnh102

You can say that again!


7 posted on 03/12/2011 4:04:48 AM PST by heye2monn
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To: heye2monn

I agree that unions are harmful in the private sector as well.

And while Reagan was indeed in the union and participated in strikes, he also faced death threats from Hollywood unions when he went against the 1947 studio strike, fighting Soviet agent Herb Sorrell, the thug leading the union and strike.

http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/2011/02/ronald-reagan-100-portrait-in-courage.html

SO, I don’t know how much he really like unions... imo he was perhaps was just adding this to the air traffic controller’s press conference to bring balance to his argument, as many in his cabinet where scared of the political repercussions of a mass firing... he couldn’t just go up there and say “all unions suck” lol


8 posted on 03/12/2011 4:17:56 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Sarah-bot
I had to see the video again. I especially respected the way that Reagan made the principle of separation of powers so clear.

It also reminded me that so many of the reporters asking these dumb-assed questions were just as clueless on how the American Republic was designed to work as their counterparts today.

9 posted on 03/12/2011 4:21:39 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sarah-bot

Thanks S-bot... that’s precisely why I post these

And yeah, we’ve fallen plenty far- it’s sickening


10 posted on 03/12/2011 4:23:41 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Vigilanteman
Voting for Reagan was always a proud moment for me too.

Anyone voting for Obama, it must be like the feeling you get after stepping in dog crap. The stink follows you and you don't want anyone to know what you did.

11 posted on 03/12/2011 4:56:24 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Reaganite Republican

You’re right — he had good political reasons for including the line in the PATCO speech. I just wanted to take a shot at unions :-)


12 posted on 03/12/2011 5:03:20 AM PST by heye2monn
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To: heye2monn

Here is a good shot at “Public” unions.......http://www.carolinajournal.com/opinions/display_story.html?id=7502


13 posted on 03/12/2011 5:09:17 AM PST by csmusaret (Q: How do they say incompetent failure in Kenya? A: Barack Obama)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I worked with a girl who was an air traffic controller during the PATCO strike. She said that they basically didn't think Reagan was going to do it. Boy were they wrong.

BTW, she wasn't an air traffic controller when I worked with her.

14 posted on 03/12/2011 5:16:54 AM PST by K-Stater
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To: PA-RIVER

I remember a patron at a bar I frequent telling me he voted for Obama and we on the right deserved it. (for being racists I suppose) He was upset that I had played the “Movin on up” Jeffersons theme on the DJ system. I wonder how he feels now?


15 posted on 03/12/2011 5:21:10 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, Paradise Lost)
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To: Reaganite Republican

The resolve he displayed during the PATCO strike was duly noted by the Soviets and the rest of America’s enemies, to America’s benefit.


16 posted on 03/12/2011 5:31:51 AM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Reaganite Republican; humblegunner

You know what’s really sickening?? The way you shamelessly cut and paste your “material” directly from Wikipedia. You don’t have the skill or the common sense to even attempt to do your own writing.

Ronald Reagan had many great attributes, but in-your-face plagiarism was decidedly NOT one of them!


17 posted on 03/12/2011 6:01:14 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!)
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To: csmusaret

thanks — that is a good shot at the public unions that are taking good shots at taxpayers.


18 posted on 03/12/2011 6:06:43 AM PST by heye2monn
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To: K-Stater

None of them who truck ever worked again as Air Traffic Controllers, I don’t believe. He basically fired them and saw to it they were never hired again as I recall.

You mess with he Bull you get the Horn.


19 posted on 03/12/2011 6:11:01 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Reaganite Republican

20 posted on 03/12/2011 6:12:48 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin....The Thrilla from Wasilla)
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To: Reaganite Republican

This incident is one of the main reasons Steve Earle whines about the Republicans and the right. It seems Earle’s brother and father were ATC in the San Antonio area. I like the music but hate his pontificating lefty remarks while the show is on. I was reared in the same area as he and catch his b.s. remarks when he makes things up.


21 posted on 03/12/2011 6:21:24 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Reaganite Republican

Wis. Gov should fire them all, and hire back any that want to work at beginners wages...would save the state MILLIONS. Besides sending a strong message.


22 posted on 03/12/2011 7:15:34 AM PST by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: GailA

Agreed. AND, they should be taking videos and names of all those who attended the rally illegally though sick days, etc., and fire them as well.


23 posted on 03/12/2011 9:07:37 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Vigilanteman
When he faced down Patco, the Russians also took notice that he stood by his word and was not like most presidents that spoke one thing and did another..This came out when the Soviet union was broken up and many secret papers were released..
24 posted on 03/12/2011 1:50:47 PM PST by goat granny
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To: SgtHooper

Roll cameras...........


25 posted on 03/12/2011 6:55:27 PM PST by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: vetvetdoug

Very interesting tidbit, Doug... thx

Explains a few things, don’t it


26 posted on 03/13/2011 6:41:15 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: goat granny

Yep GG, Soviet archives called Reagan “a firm and unbending politician for whom words and deeds are one in the same” and a “dedicated anti-communist”

FACT!


27 posted on 03/13/2011 6:43:16 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: PapaBear3625
The resolve he displayed during the PATCO strike was duly noted by the Soviets and the rest of America’s enemies, to America’s benefit.

"We begin bombing in five minutes."

Hehehe

28 posted on 03/13/2011 6:50:29 AM PDT by Overtaxed
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