Georgetown Professor to Lecture at DCC on Air Traffic Control Strike

October 20, 2011 – Joseph A. McCartin, professor of history at Georgetown University and labor union expert, will give a presentation at Dutchess Community College called “The Enduring Legacy of the PATCO Strike: Labor, Politics and the Public Sector Thirty Years After Reagan.” The talk will be held Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre on DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus. It is free and open to the public.

McCartin will speak about the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), their illegal strike of 1981 and then-President Reagan’s response of firing all of the strikers. In his new book, “Collision Course,” McCartin analyzes the two decades of conflict between controllers and the government that led up to the strike, and how the standoff served as a harbinger of the current campaign against public sector unions in politics.

The lecture is sponsored by DCC’s History, Government and Economics Department and the Gillespie Forum.

For more information, contact Dr. Werner Steger at (845) 431-8522 or