LABOR: Gold-Plated Grounding

Along its 17,860-mile system from Chicago to Honolulu, Continental Airlines has attracted considerable attention—and some charges of sexism —with its "We really move our tail for you" advertising campaign. At 12:01 a.m. Oct. 23, Continental's tail stopped moving. Its 47 Boeing 727s and 16 DC-10s were grounded by a strike for the first time in the 42-year history of the Los Angeles-based airline. The cause-some of the most gold-plated demands ever made by a labor union.

The walkout, by 1,050 pilots and other cockpit personnel after nearly 16 months of negotiations, caught...

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