Union Planes, Trains, and Automobiles


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This year, millions of Americans will travel by car, airplane, bus, and train to spend the holiday season with their loved ones. We all know the role union workers play in auto manufacturing, but union workers also help build and power other modes of transportation as well.

If you’re flying, you can thank a union member for getting you to your destination safely, including air traffic workers who have faced notable anti-union attacks since the early 1980s. Tens of thousands of union workers do the work to make sure your flight goes smoothly – union workers from airport concessions and airline catering to control tower workers who work for the federal government and the pilots who fly the planes as members of a pilot’s association. Union members clean the airplanes, greet you at airports you’ve never been before, deliver meals to your plane, clean airport restrooms, handle baggage, assist travelers in wheelchairs, and many other services from take off to touch down. So, next time you’re on a flight you can thank a union member for making it a good experience.

Traveling by train? Union members will help get you to your destination by railway as well. Whether it’s the electricians who power and inspect the lines, or the engineer who operates the train, union members are involved in every step of the process. And, if you’re taking a bus home for the holidays, there’s a good chance your driver is a union member as well.

So, next time you travel, you can thank a union member for making it a good experience. Happy Holidays.

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