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July 2003, Vol. 126, No.7
Labor contract negotiations in the airline industryAndrew von Nordenflycht
Thomas A. Kochan
George M. Bunker Professor of Management, Institute for Work and Employment Research, Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA.
Airline labor negotiations take 1.3 years, on average, to conclude, and about half go into Federal mediation;
much of the variance in the duration of negotiations can be attributed to which particular airlines and unions
are bargaining, not to economic conditions.
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