An Airline Strike at the Beginning

By Robert Mark on September 21st, 2007

I wrote something here a few months back about the Air Line Pilots Association’s (ALPA) plan to start squeezing tighter on airline management as payback for the concessions pilots have delivered and how many airlines have failed to now remember from whose pocket that money came.

A friend of mine sent me a video yesterday that will give you the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a look at a little rank-and-file planning for a strike. This fellow flies for the old DHL, now called ASTAR, an all-cargo carrier based in Wilmington Ohio.

If you’ve never before seen the beginnings of a strike, I’d say bookmark this link. It might be your first, but most likely not the last if you hang around this industry for the next five years or so. 

I’ve marched in a line with a bunch of other pilots in uniforms. To me, this entire video bears an eery resemblance to a funeral.

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