Debra J. Saunders

And this should be a no-brainer: You don't give yourself a bonus when you're asking the rank-and-file workers to take a big pay cut. The flight attendants, for example, gulped and agreed to a 15.6 percent slash to their yearly salaries. Now, no surprise, union honchos are talking about tearing up the agreements union members approved just days ago.

Late Wednesday, I talked to a labor consultant who was disgusted at Carty's blunder. It only feeds the division between labor and management that has workers thinking that, no matter what happens, management gets paid and laborers get laid off.

The worst of it is that labor in America has changed. The days of unions bargaining to the death for money-losing ventures are disappearing. The unions today are more understanding of a bonus structure that is linked to a company's growth, to its profitability.

So as the unions are becoming more capitalistic -- and respecting the bottom line -- capitalists are becoming more socialistic -- by voting for bonuses even when businesses lose money.

If Carty still has his job (which is now in question) by the time you read this, he ought to think about sitting in on a lesson on "shared sacrifice." It doesn't mean that management gets to share the earnings and labor gets to sacrifice.

Debra J. Saunders

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