Labor's Outside Man

Hired-gun contractor Kevin McCormick has never been in a union, yet he runs a major aviation guild. Odd? He thinks it makes perfect sense

Labor leaders typically follow the same arc in their careers, starting with an entry-level job at a unionized shop, rising to a union post at the local and district levels, and then, finally, winning election to the national presidency. Not Kevin McCormick. He operates one of today's fastest-growing unions, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Assn. (AMFA), yet he had never previously even been in a union. Not only that, he works as an outside contractor.

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