ALPA and The Airlines

A study of the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) stranglehold on the American Airline industry.

This paper provides an analysis of the control the airline pilots union has over the airline industry. The paper discusses the purpose of ALPA and its members. It explores the efforts made by Delta CEO, Leo Mullins and American Airlines CEO, Donald Carty to persuade the government to reform the Railway Labor Act. The paper explores the possible future of the ALPA and the airline industry. The paper uncovers several reasons why ALPA has such a stranglehold on the airline industry including; federal labor laws, a shortage of qualified pilots, regulations that govern the hiring and firing of pilots and the threat of loss of seniority that pilots face.

Table of Contents:
Introduction
Description and Purpose of ALPA
The Reasons for the Stranglehold
The Railway Labor Act
The Future of ALPA
The Future of the Airline Industry
Conclusion
“In recent years the amount of power that the ALPA has over the airlines has come into question. There are several reasons why this stranglehold exists including; federal labor laws, a shortage of qualified pilots, regulations that govern the hiring and firing of pilots and the threat of loss of seniority that pilots face. The following paragraphs why these factors contribute to the stranglehold that the Airline Pilot Association has on the airline industry.”

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