As public sector unionism has left behind its baby shoes, come into the limelight, and, in fact, become the only growth area in organized labor, so has the verbiage mushroomed and "rights, privileges, and prerogatives" have been used and abused both verbally as well as in action. When the Review was launched into publication over a year ago, one of its primary purposes was to serve as a reminder that, whatever form labor relations would take in the public sector and no matter how obscured the area became, there was a fundamental difference between the private and public sectors. The direct application of labor relations terminology to the public service, has too often resulted in the obliteration of some basic and very important distinctions between our economic system and our representative form of government. Obviously, the two systems operate on compatible (more or less), but certainly not the same, principles.
The strike by the air traffic controllers has served as a potent, if bitter, pill to stimulate public interest and awareness in this controversial field. In publishing the article by John C. Armor on the "right" to strike, our objective admittedly is not to settle any of the issues, but simply to raise them and to force some second thoughts on subjects and theories which have by virtue of repetition almost been set in concrete.