DATE: 12/27/2004 10:57:00 AM
Unions 'Strike' Again? - The major travel problems this weekend were not entirely the result of weather, but of an "unusually high" number of employees calling in sick at US Airways. On television, I saw journalists interviewing stranded travelers and those who lost luggage. They were angry and vowing never to fly US Airways again. If this was a union action, then it may be a spectacular failure. Everyone already knows how needed baggage employees and flight attendants are. Taking the day off and irritating millions of air travelers at the height of the holiday season to prove a point about the need for higher wages may have just cost the employees of U.S. Airways all future wages when the company goes under.
With the election of George W. Bush, this was already a bad year for unions. It may have just gotten worse.