Sunday, July 22, 2012

Outside the strike zone

"since the 1980s, strikes in the public and private sectors have declined dramatically. In 2009 there were only five major work stoppages, involving a mere 13,000 workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ultimate source of organized labor's strength has been rendered nugatory, for which unions in the private sector can reasonably blame PATCO and President Reagan." --Daniel DiSalvo, State of the Union, review of Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America, by Joseph A. McCartin