Union-Trained, Union-Made Miracle on the Hudson – Flight 1549

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Union-trained workers who saved the passengers on Flight 1549, from Captain Sully to the ferry crews.


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Capt. Sully Sullenberger, union-trained flight safety expert.

(Photo: Pacific Aviation Museum / Flickr)

Sully wasn’t alone in this miracle.

Union-Trained Flight Attendants. Seafarers Saved Lives

The cool-headed flight attendants who quickly moved over one hundred panicked people off the plane were members of the Association of Flight Attendants, another union that trains its workers to avert disasters.

The ferry crews that zipped into action, skillfully maneuvering their boats within four inches of the plane’s wings to rescue passengers — they’re in the Seafarers International Union, which gave them the safety courses that enabled them to respond as they did.

The cops, firefighters, and air traffic controllers also performed marvelously — all union- trained.

At a time when corporate interests in all sectors of our economy are trying to eliminate unions, remember Flight 1549, the union-made miracle on the Hudson.

 Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. Distributed by OtherWords.org.
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