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  •  It was a framing issue (3+ / 0-)

    The air traffic controllers had several issues, safety, long hours, stress, scheduling, and pay.

    Unfortunately they kept emphasizing pay in their talks to the media, not safety. If they had only stayed on the safety theme the public would have stood behind them.

    Reagan played on the "greedy" union theme and won the media battle.

     If only they had emphasized safety, safety, and more  safety things might have played out differently.

    "Humankind cannot bear very much reality." - T.S. Eliot

    by fixxit on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:54:14 PM PDT

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