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The Strike that Changed America

The Strike that Changed America

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For Immediate Release, June 11, 2012

Contact: Cathy Junia
Email: cjunia@iwj.org
Phone: 773-710-9837

*** Interview Opportunity***

Labor Historian Joe McCartin to Discuss his New Book, COLLISION COURSE

WHO: Interfaith Worker Justice is proud to host a discussion of Dr. Joe McCartin’s new 
book, “Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the 
Strike that Changed America,” Tuesday, June 19.

WHAT: Book Discussion and Signing

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St.

DETAILS: Collision Course is considered the definitive account of the 1981 Professional
Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) where 12,000 air traffic controllers lost their jobs after then President Reagan determined that their strike was illegal. To many observers, this signaled a green light by the Federal government for union busting.

McCartin is an Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University, and the Executive Director of the university’s new Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. He is a member of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice and serves on the advisory board of the journal Labor: Studies in the Working-Class History of the Americas. He is also a member of the Interfaith Worker Justice National Board.

What people are saying about COLLISION COURSE:

“The Air Traffic Controllers strike of 1981 was one of the most important struggles in American history, and by breaking the union, Ronald Reagan dealt a blow to organized labor from which it has still not recovered. If you care about the labor movement, you need to read Collision Course and even if you don't, you'll be transfixed by the drama of McCartin's story-telling." --E.J. Dionne

"Joseph McCartin tells the [PATCO] story in gripping detail. It's must reading for anyone interested in the recent history of American politics and labor relations." --John B. Judis, Senior Editor, The New Republic


IWJ has been educating, resourcing, and mobilizing the religious community in support of justice for workers and working families since 1996. For more information about IWJ, visit our website www.iwj.org or contact Cathy Junia cjunia@iwj.org, 773-710-9837

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