Since Tuesday, American Airlines has cancelled more than 2,600 flights, with a whopping 240 of its planes currently out of service due to a failure to address mechanical issues.
Northwest Airlines, as far as I can tell, has cancelled 0 flights as a result of the issues facing American.
Northwest Airlines' mechanics are members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association -- a union.
American Airlines' mechanics are not.
It seems to me that a PR opportunity is being missed.
As a side note: I'm sure many people have heard me say that if you have to drink crappy American mass-produced beer it should be Miller because it is union-made. I just noticed that Miller's workers are represented by... the auto workers' union. How does that make sense?