Airlines workers

Strike deadline approaches at US Airways

Airline threatens to shut down operations

By Paul Scherrer, 24 March 2000

Thousands of flight attendants are taking part in informational pickets and candlelight vigils at airports along the US East Coast as the expiration of a 30-day cooling-off period in the contract dispute between the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and US Airways approaches at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 25. A federal mediator has conducted talks between the company and union since last Friday, March 17.

Teamsters suspend negotiating committee member for opposing concessions to Northwest Airlines

By Cory Johnson, 21 March 2000

The president of Teamsters Local 2000, representing 11,000 flight attendants involved in contract talks with Northwest Airlines, suspended Andy Damis, a member of the union's negotiating team, for revealing the local's contract proposals to union members.

Boeing engineers ratify contract

By Cory Johnson, 21 March 2000

Boeing engineers and technical workers voted by a 70 percent margin to approve a March 17 tentative agreement ending the 40-day strike by nearly 20,000 members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA).

Northwest Airlines fires flight attendants accused of organizing job action

"The company loves to use these intimidation tactics"

By Cory Johnson and Jerry White, 14 March 2000

Northwest Airlines announced March 8 that they have fired 12 flight attendants for allegedly organizing a sick-out over New Year's to protest failed contract negotiations. Teamsters Local 2000, which represents 11,000 flight attendants at Northwest, put the figure of fired attendants at 18, along with another 6 attendants who resigned following interrogation by company officials.

Boeing imposes last wage offer on striking engineers

By Cory Johnson, 7 March 2000

In an effort to weaken the month-long strike by more than 17,000 engineers and technical workers, Boeing Corp. announced that it was moving to impose the terms of its last contract offer and would grant pay raises to workers who cross the picket line and return to the job. The action is the latest signal that Boeing is determined not to back down in the strike by members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA).

Action against dissidents in airline contract struggle

US court orders seizure of Northwest flight attendants' home computers

By Jerry White, 11 February 2000

Northwest Airlines last week began court-authorized searches of the home computers of flight attendants whom the airline suspects organized a sick-out over the New Year's holiday. Two computer forensic experts, hired by Northwest, seized the computers of a rank-and-file flight attendant who operates a web site and electronic bulletin boards, and copied the hard drives from the computers of 21 individuals, including private e-mail messages. The investigators also spent two hours searching computers at the Bloomington, Minnesota offices of Teamsters Local 2000, which represents Northwest's 11,000 flight attendants.

Boeing technical workers strike US aerospace giant

By Shannon Jones, 10 February 2000

Thousands of engineers and other white collar workers, members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), struck the Boeing corporation Wednesday morning after the union broke off talks being held under the auspices of a federal mediator. The strike affected the aerospace giant's plants in Washington, Kansas, Florida, California, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

Technical workers denounce union officials for rejecting strike action against Boeing

By Cory Johnson, 8 February 2000

Boeing union officials representing over 22,000 technical workers and engineers retreated from a threat to launch a February 3 strike against the aerospace giant as union members voted down the company's latest offer.

The Onex-Air Canada struggle: unions pit worker against worker

By Guy Leblanc, 10 November 1999

For months a bitter struggle for the control of Canada's skies has been going on between airline giants in the Star Alliance, including United Airlines, Lufthansa and Air Canada, and the One World partnership, which includes American Airlines, British Airways and Canadian Airlines International (CAI).

Merger of Canada's major airlines will mean massive job losses, fare hikes

By Guy Leblanc, 7 October 1999

The struggle for supremacy among Canada's airlines is rapidly approaching its denouement. Whichever of the competing cliques of investors, shareholders and international industry players ultimately triumphs, the impending reorganization and probable merger of Air Canada and Canadian Airlines International will be at the expense of airline workers' jobs and consumer service.

Ansett New Zealand pilots fight company lockout

By John Braddock, 29 September 1999

Airline pilots employed by Ansett New Zealand are engaged in a bitter battle against company plans to carry through job cuts and attacks on working conditions. The company has locked out 125 pilots since September 15 in a determined effort to break the pilots' resistance.

"We're willing to strike because we are sick of being walked on"

Northwest Airline flight attendants rally in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 10 June 1999

More than 100 Northwest Airlines flight attendants and supporters staged a noontime rally at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Wednesday to press demands for better pay and benefits. The airline's 10,600 flight attendants, members of the Teamsters union, have been without a contract for two and a half years.

Cathay Pacific pilots call "sick-in" over pay cuts

By David Harvey, 9 June 1999

Pilots employed by the Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airlines voted overwhelmingly last week to take strike action if the company attempts to implement a plan to slash wages in exchange for stock options. The company's package will cut the wages of at least half the airline's 1,300 pilots by 22 percent.

Judge levies $45.5 million fine against American Airlines pilots' union

By Jerry White, 17 April 1999

In one of the largest fines ever levied against an American trade union, US District Judge Elton "Joe" Kendall Thursday ordered the Allied Pilots Association (APA) to pay $45.5 million in damages to American Airlines for last February's sick-out by AA pilots. The massive fine--$7 million more than the APA's net worth of $38 million--is designed to effectively destroy the union representing 9,200 pilots at American Airlines.

Judge delays imposing heavy fines against American Airlines pilots

By Jerry White, 18 February 1999

The federal judge who ruled last weekend that the Allied Pilots Association was in contempt of court and subject to millions of dollars in fines for the job action by American Airlines pilots decided Wednesday to delay penalizing the union until at least April 12.

Judge imposes fines, calls American Airlines pilots extortionists

By Jerry White, 16 February 1999

In the wake of a contempt-of-court order and massive fine levied on Saturday by US District Judge Elton "Joe" Kendall, most of the American Airlines pilots involved in a nine-day sick-out have returned to work. Negotiations resumed between management and the Allied Pilots Association Monday, and representatives from the APA are due back in the Dallas courtroom Wednesday to hear what additional damages Kendall might impose on behalf of American Airlines.

American Airlines seeks contempt of court ruling against pilots

By Jerry White, 13 February 1999

A federal judge will rule Saturday morning on whether to hold the Allied Pilots Association in contempt of court for defying his order that American Airlines pilots return to work and end their "sick-out" against the number two US carrier.

American Airlines pilots continue "sick-out"

By David Walsh, 12 February 1999

Pilots at American Airlines in the US apparently defied a federal court order Thursday and remained off the job in large numbers. Nearly 1,100 American flights had to be canceled, more than the 900 scratched the day before when some 2,400 of the giant airline's 9,300 pilots called in sick. US District Court Judge Joe Kendall in Dallas, Texas ordered the pilots to end their "sick-out" Wednesday and return to work. America Airlines went back to court Thursday asking that the pilots union be held in contempt.

Federal judge orders American Airlines pilots to end sick-out

By Shannon Jones, 11 February 1999

A US District Court Judge in Dallas, Texas has issued a temporary restraining order against American Airlines pilots who began a job action February 6 that has forced the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights of the second largest US air carrier. Judge Joe Kendall issued the order after a four-hour hearing February 10. He instructed the pilots' union to show him copies of any messages sent to pilots ordering them to return to work.