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LEGISLATION NEEDED TO BAN PERMANENT STRIKER REPLACEMENTS

 WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Legislation to ban the use of permanent replacements for striking workers is needed both as a matter of fairness and to stabilize a chaotic airline industry, according to the head of the airline pilots union.
 "We believe that the elimination of the permanent replacement option, as proposed in H.R. 5, will help to stabilize the industry ... we believe that the continued use of permanent replacements, or the threat of that use, results in conflict and confrontation," said Captain Randolph Babbitt, president of the Air Line Pilots Association.
 "I ask that fairness and equity be reestablished between labor and management. Our industry is suffering economic woes, caused in many cases by the greed of unscrupulous managements. The careers of many fine pilots and other airline employees have already been destroyed because the law provides no protection when management seeks to punish its employees and rid itself of organized labor and their contracts. This is wrong, and it must be righted," Babbitt said.
 Babbitt was testifying at hearings by the House Subcommittee on Aviation in Washington.
 Citing the government's reaction to the PATCO strike in 1981, Babbitt said that "strikes have escalated from economic strikes over wages and working conditions to all-out ideological and economic warfare to determine whether the company or the union, or neither, will survive.
 "Frank Lorenzo's modus operandi was based upon the provocation of strikes in order to break unions. That's exactly what he did to more than half a dozen unions at Texas International, Continental, and Eastern," Babbitt said.
 "Without equity in labor-management relations, labor will be forced to continue playing on an uneven field, thus causing an even greater imbalance in our system, which relies on good faith, fair bargaining," Babbitt said.
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 /NOTE: A copy of the testimony is available from ALPA Communications Department by calling the contact below./
 /CONTACT: John Mazor of the Air Line Pilots Association, 202-797-4060/


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