AskProfWolff: Reagan and The Air-Traffic Controllers Strike

A Patron of Economic Update asks: "I was wondering if Professor Wolff could comment on the events of 1980 when Ronald Reagan, took it upon himself to call a union strike of air traffic controllers as illegal and by executive order, gave them 48 hours to return to work. They didn't and Reagan stepped in and got rid of over 11,000 workers, permanently banned them from working there, and also banned their union."

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