Thursday, November 12, 2009

Labor Looking to Turn Back the Clock

The U.S. Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the AFL-CIO, is holding a closed-door forum today to discuss the airline industry's future with an apparent eye on reregulation.  See Joan Lowy, Unions Prod Obama to Fix Ailing Airline Industry, Assoc. Press (Nov. 12, 2009) (available here).  From the story:

The forum, which is closed to the public and the media, was organized at the request of the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department.

Ed Wytkind, the trades department's president, said the industry has become dysfunctional, and all involved are suffering. He said he'd like to see a blue-ribbon commission to recommend solutions.

"We can't keep doing things the exact same way and expect a better outcome," Wytkind said, adding that new regulation probably should be considered.

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"A safe, secure, stable industry can't be driven by lowest common denominator," said John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association. "The cheapest fare out there will not give us a transportation system that works for everyone."

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