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The resignation of UAL Corp.

The resignation of UAL Corp. President and COO John Edwardson last Sept. points out the importance of staying on the good side of the unions at employee-controlled United Airlines, and illustrates the immense influence union leaders wield behind the scenes at the carrier.

Edwardson resigned following a report in the Wall Street Journal-- subsequently confirmed by UAL Chairman and CEO Gerald Greenwald--that the pilots' and machinists' unions would not support his ascension to the positions of chairman and CEO when Greenwald, 62, retires. Greenwald's 5-year employment contract expires in 1999, and he is not expected to seek an extension, although he would not rule out the possibility of staying on for an indeterminate period while his successor is chosen. …

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