PATCO Strike: A New Beginning For Labor Relations

Michael H. Grine

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While the actual events of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) strike against the federal government have faded into history, the results of the strike will live forever in the new management/labor relationship that exists, not only in the federal government, but all levels of government and civilian enterprise. The results of the disastrous failure of the strike destroyed thousands of careers and left all levels of organized labor to foresee their now limited options available for negotiations with management.

This independent study will attempt to inform the reader of the causes of the PATCO disaster and the miscalculations (on both sides) that resulted in personal tragedy for the union, and absolute victory for the federal government. The sources for the information contained herein are the fifty-seven magazines listed in the bibliography.