Air Transport World

Brave new world. (labor-management relations) (column)

Scottsdale, Ariz.-The confrontational approach to labor-management relations of the 1980s will not work in this decade. Specifically, regional and national airlines and their unions must work together to develop innovative employee-compensation/benefits packages, if they hope to have a future in the airline industry. Such were the overall and specific messages delivered by labor experts and airline representatives at the National Mediation Board's (NMB) first-ever labor-relations conference for regional and national airlines, held here in mid-March.

Noted labor-relations expert Jerrold A. Glass told more than 200 conference participants that the NMB, the unions and airline managements must "adapt to the changes that inevitably will occur in the 90s," while ALPA President Henry A. Duffy urged both sides to bring "balance to the system" of compensation and benefits for regional-airline pilots.

"Loosen up on restrictive work rules inhibiting regional-airline operations, accept the reality of a need for part-time employees in today's operating environment and stop borrowing contract language from major airlines and applying it to regional carriers," advised Glass, president of J. …

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