I must say that I am not a huge fan of labor unions because I think that the free enterprise system offers numerous opportunities. If I hate my job or employer, I am free to find another job. On the other hand, it is wise for a company to keep employee happy.
But I also do support airline pilots in some cases because their's is a unique situation. Whereas I can leave my job and take a better job elsewhere, pilots are unable to do so. From what I understand (and correct me if I am wrong,) if a pilot at Delta was unhappy and decided to go to United, he/she would have to start at the very bottom of the seniority list. Is this a union rule?
Also, with this in effect, it seems as if pilots are a dying breed - a group who seeks to stay with the same employer for a long, long time. In other words, how do you choose which airline for whom to work?
If you had an offer by a smaller carrier, would you jump at the opportunity? Or would it be wise to "hold out" for a job from a major carrier, where there is more opportunity for advancement and less liklihood (one would think) of the airline failing?
When an airline "goes under," such as Eastern in 1991, what happens to the pilots? Do they go from being high-ranking pilots at Eastern to being bottom-of-the-ladder pilots for other airlines?
What happened to the Eastern pilots? I cannot even imagine the frustration of working hard for many years with an airline, only to see it fail and having to start over again with someone else.
I have the utmost respect for your work and as I read about the airline industry, the preceding questions popped into my mind.