Nation: One Man's Slow-Motion Aerial Act

WHILE the postal dispute centered on the clear-cut issue of wages, the Government's conflict with air-traffic controllers is far more complex. It involves a challenge to the efficacy of Federal Aviation Administration equipment and safety procedures as well as salary, working conditions, rivalry among unions and the personality of Attorney F. Lee Bailey.

The wavy-haired Boston lawyer is the executive director and general counsel of the two-year-old Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, the biggest and by far the most aggressive of five unions representing factions of the nation's 16,000 civil service controllers....

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