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An Example of Standing Together

Date: May 17, 2022

Thirty-seven years ago today, United Airlines pilots struck over management’s demand for a B scale.  And for 29 days, United pilots stood unified in defiance of then notorious United CEO Dick Ferris.  The majority of United Flight Attendants struck in solidarity with the pilots.

Despite whatever disagreements may have existed at the time, it cannot be denied that the solidarity and sacrifices of those United employees helped protect the careers of future generations.

The ALPA Battle Star pin which represents solidarity, courage, and dedication to protecting the pilot profession was given, some would suggest earned, to each of the pilots who stood the line for the duration of the 29-day strike. 

Most importantly, the ALPA Battle Star is a reminder that when unified, we can collectively overcome great challenges.

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