JetBlue, United And Delta Face Union Pressure As Airlines Remain A Labor Stronghold (

February 5, 2018

By Ted Reed

Photo: ALPA

Despite being under attack throughout the U.S., the labor movement remains active in the airline industry, which is experiencing the highest profits in its history.

U.S. airlines have been profitable since 2010, reaching a record $25.6 billion in 2015 profits. Typically, carriers have passed gains on to workers in the form of better contracts and, in the case of American, the biggest carrier, even awarding raises beyond what it negotiated. American is 85% unionized.

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