A Growing Itch to Fight

The challenge to American Airlines marks a rising anger among U.S. workers

First they suffered a decade of relentless layoffs and wage cuts. Then they watched hopefully as corporate profits and stock prices bounced back from the recession. But now many American workers are impatient and fed up. Their common plea: When do we get our share of the comeback? Their discontent seemed ready to boil over last week, even as striking flight attendants returned in triumph to their jobs at American Airlines. No sooner had American resumed its normal flight schedule than pilots and mechanics at United Airlines began a slowdown to protest the prospect of thousands of new layoffs. In Los...

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