June 18, 2024

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Southern Flyers join Americans in voting to strike, and United could be next

Southern Flyers join Americans in voting to strike, and United could be next

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Earlier this month, American Airlines pilots They voted overwhelmingly in favor of the strike. They cited wages and scheduling as major issues facing the industry, and the kind of quality-of-life problems that make the job Undesirable for new faces. It seems that the pilots of the American plane were right, because they were right Their Southwest counterparts have signed a similar strike pledge– and United He may not be far behind.

The Southwest strike vote passed by a higher margin than the American vote, incredibly. 98 percent of pilots took part in the vote, and 99 percent of these participants voted out. Union President Casey Murray, in a Statement on the vote to strikeHe said, “A lack of leadership and an unwillingness to address the failings of our organization has led us to this point. Our pilots are tired of apologizing to our passengers on behalf of a company that refuses to prioritize its internal and external customers.”

United Airlines might be next, if their negotiations and sit-downs get through. United Federation was Pushing management to limit the number of times pilots can be called in on their days offa debate that seems so heated that it pushes finances and salaries into the background.

Of course, striking out in the world of aviation is never easy. The pilots are bound by similar rules as the railroad workers, whose pressure Biden stifled a strike last yearManagement imposes a deal between management and unions. This deal did not include union-required personnel, sick day, or safety perks, which likely had nothing to do with unionization. A string of horrific derailments and accidents we’ve seen in recent months.

Your summer travel plans aren’t likely to be disrupted by a strike, but pilots’ unions are paying for them all the same way. If it makes our skies safer than our railroads, I’m all for it.

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