Now playing at United: labor-management anger

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Maybe it’s just a symptom, because things between United and its pilots have not been hunky dorey for a long time. The union has issued press releases for a couple of years denouncing United chief executive Glenn Tilton’s bonuses and perks, and the airline has played hardball at the bargaining table. Now, the unpleasantness is truly out in the open, with United suing its pilots union chapter, its Air Line Pilots Association, and four pilots (three of them ALPA officers) over an organized or semi-organized campaign to take maximum sick leave and indeed to abuse sick leave. Left Field was on Chicago‘s NPR affiliate, WBEZ, to talk about the suit and its implications.

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