Flying the Emptier Skies

PATCO loses another round, and so do air travelers

The decision may have been the final blow for the former air controllers. The Federal Labor Relations Authority, which grants unions the right to represent a given group of workers, last week revoked that status from the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. The FLRA ruled that PATCO "willfully and intentionally" violated federal laws by striking three months ago and, as a result, "is no longer a labor organization." It was the first time that a union representing federal employees has been decreed out of existence, though the precedent is clouded: the bulk of...

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