I'm waiting for a CSA position at AA, and currently they are non-union. In the airline industry, being in a union is kinda half half with me. Right now, I currently work in ATA's charter department and 1/2 of our agents are union and 1/2 aren't (I'm a non-union) and I find it to be MUCH more flexible and company-worker friendly. On the other hand our union office is very "follow the rules" and stay at your desk. They are all really great people don't get me wrong, and we do understand they their jobs are secure, ours aren't.
Anyway.. When I had turned 18- I applied at CO, NW, NK, SY, AA, of those, landed NW & AA, then ATA was right in the paper and got that job within a week.
I always wanted to work for Northwest @ DTW, it was a dream- but when I got the call back in May- I didn't pursue it like I thought I would.
With AA (after I got the job with ATA), I went to ORD for a medical, and I've been on a waiting list with no date-of-hire (meaning--- it's going to take a while). Besides that, DL is hiring so I may apply. I'm not really to concerned about AA, that day will come and I'm in a spot now where I can wait.
Just a tip from experience for those looking for entry-level jobs.. Search, Search, Search & Apply to everyone.. DONT forget about your local paper!! That's how I got my job with ATA.