As people have a chance to read the book, I would like to provide room for them to share their reactions, particularly if they participated in or were directly affected by the events of 1981. I received this e-mail today from Elliott Simons. Elliott was a controller who served as the spokesperson for PATCO's local at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in 1981 and he lost his job for striking. He has agreed to let me post this message and a link to an article he wrote explaining his actions back in 1981. Perhaps others will want to also share their stories with me: email@example.com.
I was vacationing when you did the Diane Rehm show, but someone sent
me the link so I could listen to it. Thank you for doing the research
and writing the book.
Had I been listening that day I would not have been able to resist
calling in with my anecdote: I joined the FAA in 1975, and new
employees heard about the PATCO sickout right away to 'encourage' us to
join the union. I did, but when the stike talk began I was skeptical. I
attended a PATCO convention in Washington probably in early 1981, and I
heard John Leyden say that 'even if PATCO got the required 80-percent
participation for a strike it would not do so unless the political and
economic conditions were right.' That convinced me that this man knew
what he was doing, and with those conditions I provided my support.
Then a couple of things happened. First, Reagan
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