There was a long history of battles between organized labor and the former U.S. president, Ronald Reagan, but his defining moment came when he created a bust in the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) and got 11,300 striking air traffic controllers dismissed. The authority of U.S. power unions was reduced and created an avenue for a thorough straightforward battle against organizing rights. Ronald Reagan’s top legal professional in the air traffic control has created an avenue where decisions will be made about the unjust labor practices in the nation.
President Donald Trump has predictably nominated Peter Robb of Downs Rachlin Martin in Vermont to be labor attorney on the side of the administration and perform as the National Labor Relations Board – NLRB’s general counsel. The position is held for four years and the person in charge is responsible for the evaluation of unjust labor practices. Richard Griffon’s term, the general counsel during Obama’s administration will expire this November and the position would be taken over by Robb after confirmation.
An unjust labor practice was filed by Robb in 1981 against PATCO in the interest of the Federal Labor Relation Authority (FLRA) after which the court decided that the strike action performed by the air traffic controllers was unlawful. The FLRA case prompted the de-certification of PATCO where the majority of the striking workers were banned from federal services throughout their entire life.
This move by Reagan created a reference point for employees and encouraged them to openly attack labor. A Georgetown history professor and author of Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America, Joseph McCartin explained the future effect in an interview with the Real News Network from 2014 that the air traffic controller was substituted by Reagan … Read More ...