A Collision with Collusion: A journal, 1983-1987 : The Pilots of Continental Airlines and Continental Airlines at the Brink - 9174


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Shrewd. Ruthless. Loyal. Wheeler-dealer. Frank Lorenzo inspires deep emotions as diverse and contradictory as the jumbled fleet of airplanes he has cobbled together. At press time, Eastern Airlines was expected to declare bankruptcy for reorganization. The bankruptcy at Eastern would merely intensify the emotions that Mr. Lorenzo has generated over the years. For organized labor, the view of Lorenzo is quite simple. He has broken all the rules. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? In 1983, he used bankruptcy laws to outsmart and outmaneuver the unions at Continental Airlines. He aggressively hired strikebreakers. Continental became nonunion and labor was put on notice: This was a new breed of union buster. When Lorenzo took over Eastern in 1986, labor expected more of the same - and got it. After 17 months of bargaining over a new contract with the International Association of Machinists, Eastern management hardly changed its position at all. TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE Could you pass a US citizenship test? PHOTOS OF THE DAY Photos of the day 02/08 To avoid another Continental-like defeat, organized labor has mounted a pointed and very personal counterattack, targeting not Eastern, but Lorenzo himself. At last month's AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting, trade unionists sported buttons with the universal red-slash symbol that is used to say ``No Parking'' or ``No Smoking.'' But instead of a cigarette, these buttons slashed out the name ``Lorenzo.'' A very different image of the man emerges among his employees. Not even ardent supporters would describe Francisco Anthony Lorenzo, the son of a Spanish-born hairdresser in Queens, N.Y., as a warm man. Former Continental officials who left on good terms refused to have their names used for fear of how Lorenzo might react.
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