Brawl In The Cockpit At Usair

For Seth E. Schofield, the breaking point came on Friday afternoon, July 28, in the windowless eighth-floor boardroom of USAir Group Inc.'s headquarters in Arlington, Va. Months of negotiations with unions to reduce sky-high labor costs were going nowhere. As the chief executive sipped coffee with union representatives while discussing the terms of a new contract with the Air Line Pilots Assn., Schofield's mood suddenly darkened, say sources who attended the meeting. "We are at an impasse," he proclaimed. "We just can't do it."

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