How Mitt Romney earned his wings

Mitt Romney's formative deal was turning around a tiny US airline. Union busting tactics helped him do it.

"Any knowledgeable person familiar with investment in airlines will tell you that it is far easier for non-union airlines to raise capital than it is for a unionised airline,” wrote James Bridges, chief executive, in a letter sent to the pilots in December 1985. Mr Bridges did not return messages left with his office.

There followed an unlawful attempt by Mr Andrews and Key management, in the words of District Court judge Roger Foley, "to stamp out any cockpit crew members’ union before it could come into being”.

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