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Report: Pilots Plan To Organize Controllers

April 29, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Air Line Pilots Association, which refused to honor picket lines after air traffic controllers struck illegally in 1981, is trying to organize controllers into an affiliated union, according to a published report.

The plan to start a membership drive among 14,000 employees in the nation’s rebuilt controller force will be submitted to the executive council of the pilots’ union in mid-May, the New York Times reported in Monday’s editions.

Henry Duffy, the union president, said the union plan wouldn’t be considered ″if we were not convinced that we can organize the controllers and did not believe the council would approve.″

If successful, the drive could create a strong enough labor group to confront the Federal Aviation Administration, which operates the nationwide air traffic control system, the Times said.

Four years ago, the strike by PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, collapsed after the government dismissed 11,400 workers for violating the law against strikes by government workers.

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