August - US Air Traffic

Date: 
August 5, 1981
U.S President Ronald Reagan fire 11, 345 striking air traffic controllers who had ignored his back-to-work order and banned them from federal service for three years. They were replaced initially with military personnel. The strike received little support from the American labour mouvement, however, controllers in Canada walked out briefly in solidarity with PATCO before they themselves were threatened with huge fines and suspension. The srike and the ruthless response to it from the Reagan administration set an damaging tone for labour relations in the U.S. as well as Canada for a decade to come.