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The New Republic Investigates Airline Labor Amid Pay Cuts, Downsizing; New Survey & Experts Debate Impact of Labor on Airline Industry


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WHAT: On the eve of the summer vacation season, America’s airlines are taking controversial steps just to keep travelers -- and themselves -- aloft. Just recently, United Airlines received approval to terminate its pension plan for its employees, handing the responsibility to the federal government.

As part of The New Republic’s Symposium on Public Policy an important new study about airlines and labor will be released. Produced by a team of economists from one of the country’s leading research consultancies, Charles River Associates, the study will analyze how much the airlines are paying for labor and the ability of the industry, workers and the traveling public to get through these trying times. The study and the symposium are sponsored by FedEx Express. A panel discussion on the future of the industry will immediately follow.

WHO: Noam Scheiber, The New Republic’s senior editor, will lead a panel discussion on the report and the future of the industry. The panel will include:

-- Mark Kiefer, Charles River Associates

-- Darryl Jenkins, The Aviation Institute at George Washington University

-- Kit Darby, Air Inc.

-- Paul Page, Traffic World

WHERE: National Press Club, First Amendment Room, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045

WHEN: Monday, May 23, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Registration 12 p.m. with a 12:30 p.m. panel start. Light Lunch will be served.


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