Business: Third-Man Theme

For U.S. airlines entering the jet age, the No. I labor fight is over the third man in the cockpit in the new jetliners. Should he be a fully qualified pilot (making from $4,800 to $22,000 a year), like the two now in the cockpit, or a special mechanic-engineer (from $4,800 to $12,000) without pilot training? Last week, as a result of the fight, Western Air Lines was in its ninth week of strike, with all 83 flights grounded and corporate losses running to $35,000 daily. The threat of similar "third-man" strikes hangs ominously...

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