Saturday, July 28, 2007

FAA History Lesson -- July 28



From the FAA Historical Chronology, 1926-1996...

”Jul 28-31, 1976: A slowdown by PATCO-affiliated air traffic controllers disrupted traffic around the country. PATCO president John F. Leyden had ordered the slowdown to protest the U.S. Civil Service Commission's delay in completing a pay reclassification study for controllers. Leyden had also protested a Civil Service proposal to downgrade controllers at certain low-activity facilities. The slowdown ended when the Civil Service Commission agreed to reconsider its position and expedite the review, while FAA Administrator John L. McLucas publicly confirmed his support of upgradings at certain facilities. FAA took no disciplinary action against PATCO. (See May 7, 1975, and Nov 12, 1976.) ”

(emphasis added)

Wouldn’t you like to know the rest of that story.

Don Brown
July 28, 2007

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