WASHINGTON -- As labor disputes roil the airlines, dozens of United Airlines pilots picketed today in front of the White House. The group protested against United for failing to resolve contract talks and for what the union characterizes as sending jobs overseas.
Pilots wearing their caps and white shirts with epaulets walked silently in a loop along Pennsylvania Avenue holding signs that said "Outsourcing is a bad idea" and "the Railway Labor Act is broken." While more than 60 pilots circled at noon, organizers expected 300 pilots to ultimately participate before it ended at 2 p.m.
Pilots at the combined United and Continental nearly unanimously approved a strike July 17, a vote that came after two years of negotiations following the merger.