1Airline pilots' job responsibilities, training, and salary levels are comparable to other professionals. On the face of things, pilots seem to be
very different from the typical unionized worker. Yet, most pilots and
other aviation professionals are union members.A labor-intensive industry, airlines are dependent on unionized
pilots and other highly trained professionals to keep their planes flying
and their customers satisfied. Airlines, like most of the mature industries in the United States, are heavily unionized. U.S. and Canadian
airlines regularly and continually bargain with labor unions over the
working conditions of their employees.Deregulation of the commercial aviation industry took place with
the passage of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978.
1 However, the
industry still is charged with a public interest and is heavily supervised
by the government. For example,
Why Airline Labor Law Is Different
|international air transportation is still subject to regulation by the Department of Transportation (DOT) with bilateral agreements with foreign
nations under the advisement of the State Department;|
|only U.S. citizens or corporations are allowed to operate domestic airline
service within the United States;|
|pilotage is very much a regulated profession. Commercial multi-engine jet
certificates are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA);|
|aircraft must be certified as airworthy by the FAA, both by type and by
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Book title: Airline Labor Law:The Railway Labor Act and Aviation after Deregulation.
Contributors: William E. Thoms - Author, Frank J. Dooley - Author.
Publisher: Quorum Books.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1990.
Page number: 1.
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