Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Bad Union! Bad!

On the whole I support the labor movement in this country. Unlike in many western European nations the US has been able to avoid developing any really troublesome unions. The problem here is just the reverse, too few workers are organized. However, there are some unions that live up to the worst stereotypes about trade unions (go teamsters!). The pilots' unions are fighting a the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation that crash-proof cameras be installed in cockpits of large and small aircraft. The pilots are worried that these cameras will invade the privacy of the pilots. Of course invading pilots' privacy is the whole point. It isn't like this sorts of things are at all uncommon. Bank tellers, 7-11 clerks and host of other occupations are subject to this kind of observation. It doesn't seem unreasonable to ask the same when the lives of hundreds of people can be at risk.


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