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Oct. 20, 1980: Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan writes to PATCO President Robert Poli with this promise: if the union endorses Reagan, "I will take whatever steps are necessary to provide our air traffic controllers with the most modern equipment available and to adjust staff levels and work days so that they are commensurate with achieving a maximum degree of public safety." He got the endorsement. Nine months after the election, he fires the air traffic controllers for engaging in an illegal walkout over staffing levels and working conditions.

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Middle Class Still Left Behind in Economic Recovery
Posted On: Jul 19, 2013

July 19, 2013 | ECONOMY | The economic recovery of summer 2013 is playing out in an all-too-familiar way for poor and middle-class Americans: Gas prices are up, growth is slowing and there still aren't nearly enough new jobs to employ the almost 12 million people who are looking for work. An improving housing market and rising stock prices appear to have done little to boost the take-home pay of the typical American worker. Full story here.

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