Today in 1981: President Ronald Reagan, having ordered striking air traffic controllers back to work within 48 hours, fires more than 70% who ignored the order, and permanently bans them from federal service – a ban later lifted by President Bill Clinton.
The controllers, seeking a shorter workweek among other things, were concerned the long hours they were required to work performing their high-stress jobs were a danger to both their health and the public safety.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is the monthly Meeting of the Industrial Workers of the World – Madison General Membership Branch. Come find out what is up with the One Big Union and how you can dump the boss off your back! This is tonight at 6:30pm at the MTI Building, back door, 821 Williamson Street. More info at 255-1800.
Tomorrow afternoon is History Sandwiched In: The Legacy of Ice-Age Winds, Forest and Prairie in Wisconsin Landscapes. John Muir’s route home from the University of Wisconsin to Marquette County traversed a striking change in the landscape. Geographer Joseph Mason describes the origin of this transition and others like it around the state, tracing the connections from ice-age winds to corn, potato and tree farms, settlement of the cutover region, and the ideas of Aldo Leopold. There is a small suggested donation. This is tomorrow from 12:15 to 1pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 North Carroll Street. More info at 608-264-6555.