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Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Aeronautical Science
Professor Marvin L. Smith
Professor Donald Hunt
Professor William Mason
The purpose of this study was to assess the opinions, beliefs, and perspectives of former air traffic controllers who were terminated from employment with the Federal Aviation Administration for participating in the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) strike of 1981. The study examines the perceptions of the former controllers to determine their feelings toward the justification for going on strike over 13 years ago. This is relevant in light of recent events including the lifting of the ban against rehiring PATCO controllers by the Clinton Administration.
The data collected for this study were obtained with an opinionnaire mailed via a newsletter to former controllers who were members of the PATCO union. It was expected that a majority of the controllers would feel their actions of 1981 were justified. This feeling, however, would be mitigated by the fact that the controllers were terminated for their actions and sacrificed their careers with the decision to strike.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Durnin, Steven E., "The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Strike: A Retrospective Analysis" (1994). Theses - Daytona Beach. 292.