Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (1968)
The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization or PATCO was a United States trade union. It ran from 1968 until its decertification in 1981 following an illegal strike that was broken by the Ronald Reagan Administration. The 1981 strike and defeat of PATCO was called "one of the most important events in late twentieth century U.S. labor history" by labor historian Joseph A. McCartin.
- McCartin, Joseph A. (2006), "Professional Air Traffic Controllers Strike (1981)", in Eric Arnesen (ed.), Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-class History, CRC Press, pp. 1123–1126, ISBN 0-415-96826-7