A father and son on the picket line during the 1981 air traffic controllers strike, which became one of the most important events in U.S. labor history after President Ronald Reagan fired all 11,345 striking workers, dissolved their union, and banned them from federal service for life [600x890]


Is maintaining a contract that is legally binding crucial compared to quality of gear and good health of air traffic controllers? We am a bit flaberghasted only at that concept. Yes they protested but my god, ...



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  • Is maintaining a legally binding contract more important than the quality of equipment and good health of air traffic controllers? I am a bit flaberghasted at this concept. Yes they protested but my god, what if they didn't and planes started falling out of the sky simply for cutting costs?
  • One thing they were asking for was the 32 hour work week. If they had won this other labor unions would have likely adopted this as well and today the standard work week could be 32 hours instead of 40.
  • Air traffic controllers in the UK do 16 hour on duty work a week.
  • Only in communist Europe /s
  • Probably not. The main reason for that request is often the fact that working as an air traffic controller is massively stressful and has a high fatigue rate. There is a reason that they can easily get paid 120k a year now and it is not because it is a highly relaxed job.
  • I imagine our economy would be much better off in the long run if that happened, more people would be employed if we still actually needed those other 8 hours of work done. On the other hand a huge number of people pretend to work at least 8 hours of every week just to fill the time and stay employed, they might as well be at home raising their family or going to church or participating in their community.
  • I talk about this with the gal who works in my office all the time. I rarely need an 8 hour work day to get everything done. A 6 hour work day would be just about perfect and anyone who works 4 days a week with either 2 on, 1 off, 2 on; or 4 on 3 off can tell you what a QoL improvement it is. Especially having a free mid-week day to run errands.
  • 37 hours in Denmark, with a lunch break paid ( usually ) and I would wager 2 bucks that makes for more productive people, than Romania where I live now, which has 40 hours, lunch excluded.
  • And you don't feel that improves your quality of life? I occasionally get days off that the boyfriend doesn't have and that's all I do and it feels awesome because it isn't something I get to do as much as I want.
  • Bingo. This is why the resistance by the federal government was so swift.
  • Or maybe it was so swift because the ATC strike shut down 50% of all air traffic in the country . Just a thought...
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