When the overworked air traffic controllers went on strike to prevent an air disaster caused by too much traffic controlled by tired and understaffed control crews, he fired them all and replaced them with undertrained personnel. To prevent a disaster, they cut air traffic in half and increased crew size. In this fashion, a major catastrophe was averted. Quietly, avoiding publicity, the size of the crews was permanently increased, training was intensified, equipment was upgraded, and air traffic was kept to manageable levels instead of increasing at an exponential pace. All of these things were in the demands of the striking controllers.
The air traffic controllers sacrificed their careers and saved countless lives in the process. Like most labor, they are unsung heroes and maligned by those they have protected.