Earning Wings the Hard Way

Eastern Air Lines workers suffer sweeping pay cuts and layoffs

The anxiety showed in the faces of the flight attendants last week as they checked the bulletin board in the Eastern Air Lines office at Miami International Airport. Posted was a list of the names of people losing their jobs. As part of a major cost-cutting program, the financially strapped airline had just announced that it would furlough 1,010 of its 7,200 flight attendants. Said Wilfred Tirado, seeing his name: "I have a $763 monthly mortgage and a two-month-old son. Now what am I going to do?" In other airports, 23,000 additional Eastern workers, including reservations clerks and ticket takers, learned...

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