Airline workers'' pay for bosses'' crisis

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[P][FONT size=+1]BY MALIK MIAH[BR]& JENNIFER BIDDLE[/FONT]
[P][STRONG]SAN FRANCISCO — [/STRONG][BR][STRONG]How could the biggest airline in the world, with the most enviable route structure, largest and most diverse fleet, employing over 100,000 workers — an airline that made US$8 billion in net profit during the boom years of the 1990s — go broke in the space of two years? United Airlines (UA) was no Enron. It made lots of cold, hard cash.[BR][BR][/P]
[H3]War against workers[/H3]
[P]On December 14, the IAM posted the company''s first concessionary request to the bankruptcy judge. The new terms for mechanics, if accepted, would include a reduction in pay and benefits equalling $161,000 over the term of the agreement, including a 20% cut in health care coverage and unfettered ability for the airline to outsource maintenance. [/P][/STRONG]