Politicians at the executive level having it out with public sector labor unions is nothing new. But what’s missing from the debate today is someone effectively communicating the vast difference between labor/management relations in the private sector vs. the government arena, and why collective bargaining in the latter shouldn’t be allowed. That’s what Ronald Reagan did in 1981, and a reminder is in order.

Reaganite Republican:

In August 1981, President Ronald Reagan faced down an audacious countrywide air traffic controllers strike that threatened to paralyze the nation’s transportation system.

But the walkout violated a regulation prohibiting government unions from striking, so declaring the situation a federal emergency -per 1947 Taft Hartley Act- the President held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden to issue an ultimatum…

Reagan warned that if the air traffic controllers “do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated.”

A bluff? Not at all — as over 11,000 striking controllers soon found out:

Have you noticed that the ridiculous “Reagan/Obama” comparisons stopped dead in their tracks when the Wisconsin mess started? They should have stopped dead in their tracks before the comparisons even started, but even the most intellectually dishonest MSM Obamabot can find no common ground between Obama and Reagan when it comes to dealing with public sector unions.


10 Responses to “Flashback: Dealing With Public Union Strife the Reagan Way”

  1. Doug Powers « Sister Toldjah on March 12th, 2011 1:18 pm

    […] Flashback: Dealing With Public Union Strife the Reagan Way […]

  2. SignPainterGuy on March 12th, 2011 2:24 pm

    Oh, we so need a Reagan today !

    These public sector union goons, goonions (ala Zilla) and their "protection racket" actions are criminal and must be stopped ! They "should" be fired at minimum !

  3. Nanny on March 12th, 2011 4:07 pm

    There is NO comparison between Reagan and Obamao. RR is rolling his grave as we speak. And he would be absolutely ashamed at the direction Obamao is taking this country.

  4. SignPainterGuy on March 12th, 2011 7:57 pm

    Rolling ? More like "Spinning Like a Jet Turbine" !!

  5. Nanny on March 12th, 2011 2:28 pm

    I am really riled this morning about the letter sent by union heads from the police and firefighters in Wisconsin threatening private citizens and business owners. If the rank and file want to cross over the line and put politics above public safety then it is time they get their pink slips. Every damn last one of them.

    They took an oath to serve and protect. They did the exact opposite in Wisconsin by letting protesters destroy public property. If they are going to look the other way let them start looking for another job. I have always revered and honored men and women who put their lives on the line as police officers and firefighters- not any more.

    Let's hear from the rank and file and see where their true loyalty lies.

  6. ReaganiteGOPer on March 12th, 2011 5:33 pm

    Obama couldn't hold The Gipper's jockstrap lol

  7. Nick on March 14th, 2011 1:06 pm

    My guess is you enjoy fantasizing about it though.

  8. Nick on March 14th, 2011 12:14 pm

    Reagan exploded the deficit, grew the size of government, raised taxes, and signed gun control legistation.

    he also intiiated economic policy that began the destruction of the middle class in America. 'Pubs are trying to finish off the middle class right now, and it appears they will be successful.

    Reagan might be the greatest myth in American History.

  9. Bryan Blumberg on March 19th, 2011 5:11 pm

    Per your own statements, Ronald Reagan fired the air traffic controllers because they went on strike, in violation of the law. What is going on in Wisconsin is an attempt by the Republican party to revoke the right to collective bargaining.

    Ronald Reagan supported public workers in their right to collective bargaining. In fact, in 1968, when he was governor of California, he signed the Meyers Milias Brown Act – which gave public employees collective bargaining rights.

    So please do not confuse public employees going on strike with public employees rights to collective bargaining.

    Thank you.

  10. Nos snowboards. on April 14th, 2011 10:10 pm

    Nos snowboards….

    Nos snowboards….

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