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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!