Any book, but particularly one in a rapidly changing field, requires a great deal of collaboration and assistance for launching. Airline Labor Law is no exception. The authors have a goodly amount of knowledgeable people to be thankful for.
Sonja Clapp, assistant state's attorney in and for the county of Grand Forks, North Dakota, spent the better part of her free time during her first year as county prosecutor researching and writing what first began as "Labor Protection in the Transportation Industry" (64 N.D.L. Rev. 379 ( 1988)) and was later adapted as Chapter 6 of this book. She balanced all her legal and scholarly duties with typical Austrian charm and gemütlichkeit.
George Fisher, our resident theologue-turned-farmer-turned-law student, was invaluable to us in researching the cases, preparing memos and draft chapters, and helping us throughout this book with his quick wit and studious bearing. We also wish to thank Todd Webb for his background work on age discrimination. Particular thanks also to Burtness research scholars Cynthia Feland and Stan Kenny, who kept us abreast on the current literature on labor and aviation law.
Keeping us abreast on the latest legal and political developments concerning the Railway Labor Act were our friends Paul Stephen Dempsey of the University of Denver, Frank N. Wilner of the Association of American Railroads, Peter S. Pantaleo of the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C., and John Hall of the Burlington Northern.