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Skies may be friendly, but it’s harsh on the ground

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in Best-Practices Leadership,Leaders & Managers

As United Airlines cuts routes, flights on the friendly-skies carrier have been getting scarcer. Workplace hostility, however, has never been more abundant.

United filed a lawsuit in July against its pilots and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), claiming they organized a sick-out to protest the company’s plan to cut 1,450 jobs this fall. Shortly after, ALPA called for United CEO Glenn Tilton’s resignation, saying he had been distracted from his managerial duties by a drive to arrange a merger.

“I think that there’s been a lack of leadership, which is why our airline has been dragged to the bottom of the industry,” Steve Wallach, chairman of ALPA’s executive council, told the Chicago Tribune.

A flight attendants’ union called the lawsuit “a corrupt attempt to distract workers and travelers of United Airlines from the failures of current executives.”

United spokeswoman Jean Medina called the allegations a “predictable attempt to deflect attention from ALPA’s illegal activity cited in our lawsuit.”

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