Aviation: Cockpit Crisis

It started as an insignificant wildcat walkout of a few flight engineers on overseas airliners in New York. Before it ended in an inconclusive truce six days later, it had staggered U.S. airlines with the most crippling strike in their history. It was not a strike against employers, but against a ruling by an agency of the U.S. Government—and all because the 3,500 members of the Flight Engineers' International Association feared that through that ruling they might lose their jobs in the cockpits to pilots.

Before the bizarre strike was over, the...

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