Case | HBS Case Collection | May 1982 (Revised June 1982)

Air Traffic Controllers

by Michael Beer


On August 3, 1981 President Ronald Reagan terminated 12,000 air traffic controllers, members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, for violating their no-strike oath. Provides background on the human resources policies and practices of the Federal Aviation System and information concerning the negotiations and impact of the terminations.

Keywords: Resignation and Termination; Labor and Management Relations; Government and Politics; Labor Unions; Negotiation; Employees; Air Transportation Industry; United States;


Beer, Michael. "Air Traffic Controllers." Harvard Business School Case 482-056, May 1982. (Revised June 1982.)