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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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Pres. Obama Must Act Boldly to Protect Workers' Rights
Updated On: Feb 11, 2013
Feb. 11, 2013 | The president will rightly go down in history for preventing the country plunging into a second great depression, overhauling an unjust and inefficient healthcare system, and enacting regulations to avoid a recurrence of the worst Wall Street abuses. He may win comprehensive immigration reform, limited gun control measures and climate change legislation. But unless he acts boldly on workers' rights, he risks going down in history as the Democratic president who stood by while conservatives dealt a deathblow to the American labor movement. Overcoming GOP obstructionism will not be easy, but there's much that the president can do. Read the full story at The Hill.
 
 
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