"Miracle on the Hudson" Pilot Supports Collective Bargaining Rights, Says "People Will Die" Without Better Airline Safety Standards

Update: It's being reported that the union-busting provisions discussed belowhave made it through the House.

Surely you remember Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger? He's the now-retired US Airways pilot who in 2009 famously landed an airplane carrying 155 people in the Hudson River, mere feet from midtown Manhattan. After that unbelievable spectacle (and the media blitz that followed), I didn't think Sully could get any more likable -- but he has proven me wrong. An admired airline safety expert, Sully is now speaking out not only for more stringent safety standards but also for the labor rights of pilots, including their right to collective bargaining. Swoon.

Sully appeared on the Ed Show last night to discuss some of the odious provisions of a new FAA bill. According to the captain, "people will die" as a result of loosened safety standards and decreased regulation on the airline industry. "Special interests are focused only on the bottom line and are lobbying extensively for this amendment," Sully said, adding that as a "proud union member for over 30 years" he is also "very concerned about the labor aspects of the bill."

Watch the interview here:

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AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at April 1, 2011, 3:16am

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