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    we were a union just like all the others. We thought we could effectively picket at the airports. But the unions in our workplace who were most influential - airline pilots, mechanics, and flight attendants - weren't too thrilled about the whole work stoppage thing. Flights got cancelled, people didn't get paid. They had no problems crossing our picket lines and neither did the passengers. Flights were in short supply for months after that. As far as the FAA and the administration were concerned, the whole thing was over on August 5th. They fired us and security escorted us to someplace far away from the airport entrances. End of story. Except just like now, there were enormous costs that were eventually borne by the taxpayer.

    It would have been much, much cheaper to give us some or all of what we were asking.

    But that wasn't the point then, and it isn't now.

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      Catte Nappe, worldlotus


      Pilot unions and flight-attendent unions have not been very successful in forcing better working condition and better pay for their members.

      Sadly, same-old, same-old when it comes to employers dealing with unions.

      There was a crash in Buffalo, NY caused partly by pilot error.  But the co-pilot lived with her parents in Washington state, had to 'dead head' 2-3 flights to get to NJ to fly the plane.

      The pilot wasn't as familiar with that type of plane, not too clear how much sleep HE got.  

      But in the end it was 49 people dead.  

      Just to squeeze more consessions from flight personnel.

      HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

      by HylasBrook on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 07:17:41 AM PDT

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