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A Mechanic's Story
December 1, 2000

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Now, if you were flying during the Thanksgiving weekend, you know it was hectic at the airports, but not as bad as it could have been. A court order managed to save United and Northwest Airlines from potentially devastating work slowdowns.

The problem? Unhappy mechanics. They want big wage increases, and more of a voice in how their airlines run. Mechanics argue that since they work under planes, airline management can ignore their concerns.

So, how did things get so bad for them? A mechanic for a major airline joins us now. We won't identify him, given what he describes as an increasingly hostile work atmosphere at his job. But before we go too far, I'm wondering if you can tell us a little more about what you do. For example, I've always been curious about what's going on down there when the plane gets to the gate.

If you'd like us to address your travel questions or concerns, send us an email. Or, you can snail-mail them in. The address is The Savvy Traveler, in care of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007. Or call me at 888-SAV-TRAV.


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