There is a war raging within the airline industry. At first glance, the combatants appear to be commercial entities--on the one side the "legacy" carriers with the familiar brand names and on the other the new "discount" airlines that have sprung up like weeds. But as with most warfare, the real combatants are the troops in the field. With some exceptions, the pilots, mechanics, customer service agents and flight attendants of the legacy carriers are represented by unions. The workforces of ...

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