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Is seniority killing the airline industry?

For decades it’s been a maxim of the airline industry that workers are captive, bound by a seniority system that doles out the choicest wages and work schedules.

Pilots’ battles over seniority play havoc with airline mergers

Merger talks between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines have been held up for a couple of weeks while pilots at each carrier discuss how to combine their union seniority lists.How long can such a procedural matter take to resolve? If the last big airline merger is any guide, the answer is 28 months. And counting.