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Today in Labor History
Oct. 20, 1980: Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan writes to PATCO President Robert Poli with this promise: if the union endorses Reagan, "I will take whatever steps are necessary to provide our air traffic controllers with the most modern equipment available and to adjust staff levels and work days so that they are commensurate with achieving a maximum degree of public safety." He got the endorsement. Nine months after the election, he fires the air traffic controllers for engaging in an illegal walkout over staffing levels and working conditions.
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Feb. 8, 2013 | Regardless of the many benefits of labor unions, there are still those who would like to see them disappear. They claim that unions aren't needed anymore to protect workers since there are government regulations in place now to ensure worker safety. Unfortunately Republicans have proved that their number one priority is helping big business get bigger in spite of the effects on the working class, and this servitude has led to their current obsession with "job killing regulations." as soon as they can eradicate labor unions they will eradicate government worker protections under their oft-used mantra than companies will self-regulate. This happens to be the same line of thinking that nearly sent the global economy into an all-out depression. Continue reading at The Detroit News.


 
 
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