Finding Meaning in Labor’s “Perfect Storm”: Lessons from the 1981 PATCO Strike
Author: Shostak, Arthur
Source: Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Volume 18, Number 3, September 2006 , pp. 223-229(7)
Abstract:Attention is given to four constructive lessons in employee relations that can be drawn from the 1981 PATCO strike of our traffic controllers. First, separate truth from fiction in a strike’s record and alleged impact. Second, learn the shortcomings of one party of an organization. Third, learn that the “new employee” is best managed by a mix of mutual respect, consideration, and flexibility. Finally, learn that radical organizational change always remains possible, but only if there is first a major overhaul of top leadership.
Keywords: FAA (federal aviation administration); NATCA (national air traffic controllers association); PATCO (professional air traffic contollers organization); air traffic controller; bureaucracy; bureaupathology; decertification; labor movement; labor union; mass firing; strike(s); striker replacements
Document Type: Research Article
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Publication date: September 1, 2006