Union Buster Ronald Reagan to be Inducted in Labor Hall of Honor

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US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta holds a press conference at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to announce that President Ronald Reagan will be inducted into the Labor Department's Labor Hall of Honor August 24, 2017 in Simi Valley. (Photo by Andy Holzman/SCNG)

Reprinted from CBS News by the Associated Press on August 24, 2017.

Former President Ronald Reagan, a one-time Hollywood union leader who fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and crushed their union, will be inducted into the Labor Department’s Labor Hall of Honor.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made the announcement Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, California.

The honor is for Americans who improved working conditions, wages and quality of life for families.

Acosta noted that as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the 1940s and ’50s, Reagan led the union through three strikes and negotiated health and pension benefits and residual payments for members.

However, as U.S. president in 1981, Reagan fired striking air traffic controllers, banned them from government jobs for life and decertified their union. A new union was only formed years later.

CBS News 8/24

 

In LA Visit, Trump’s Labor Chief Says Ronald Reagan was Great for Unions

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Daily News by Kevin Smith on August 24, 2017.

The Trump administration’s labor secretary came to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Thursday, promising to honor the nation’s 40th president with a posthumous induction into the US Department of Labor Hall of Honor.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made the announcement Thursday morning at the library in Simi Valley.

“This year marks 70 years since Reagan was elected to his first term as president,” Acosta said. “Not as president of the United States, but rather as president of the Screen Actors Guild. As president of the guild, Reagan had noticeable accomplishments. He led the union’s first two strikes, he negotiated the first contracts that included residual payments, and he created health and pension benefits for union members.” …

L.A. Daily News 8/24

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Jeff Burman represents assistant editors on the Guild’s Board of Directors. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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