This Week in NATCA/Labor History
Thursday, December 01, 2011

THIS WEEK IN ATC HISTORY:

Nov. 30, 1984: The United States Air Traffic Control Organization (USATCO) officially disbands due to a lack of money. USATCO was created in April 1982 and included about 800 members at its peak in 1983. Existing without a contract or an employer, USATCO focused on reinstating the fired controllers. However, membership continued to dwindle in the face of a May 1984 Federal Circuit Court ruling against reinstatement and President Reagan’s re-election in the fall.


THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY:

1953: Some 400 New York City photoengravers working for the city’s newspapers, supported by 20,000 other newspaper unionists, began what is to become an 11-day strike, shutting down the papers.