Pilots picket as airline unions leverage summer travel woes

DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of uniformed Southwest Airlines pilots stood in fantastic lines in the scorching Texas sunshine at Dallas Adore Industry on Tuesday, keeping signs that blamed Southwest administration for delays and cancellations that have upset travellers.

Every once in a while, a motorist would honk or yell encouragement. Most travellers manufactured a beeline for the protection checkpoint within the terminal.

The protest, which the union reported drew up to 1,300 pilots, was the newest instance of airline employees trying to put stress on corporations by getting their needs for larger fork out right to the flying general public.

Federal legislation tends to make it virtually unachievable for airline unions to perform legal strikes. Agreement negotiations are inclined to drag out — typically for a long time. Southwest’s flight attendants have been performing beneath an old deal given that 2018.

That gradual tempo leads to unions to search for creative means to set tension on administration. Occasionally they vote to authorize a strike — Alaska Airlines pilots did that final month — even while there is little probability that they will walk off the task.