1 min read

Season 3, Episode 244

Tajer: Pilot shortage pushes airlines to the brink of safety



Guest Name:

Dennis Tajer

Guest Website:


Guest Social Media:






Allied Pilots Association (APA) Spokesman Capt. Dennis Tajer joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed the airline industry’s pilot shortage and the increased number of “fatigue calls,” which occur when pilots call off because they are too tired to fly safely.

During the early days of the pandemic, many pilots accepted early retirement, voluntarily left the industry or were furloughed, but their positions were not filled by new trainees, Tajer said. He explained this led to a pilot shortage and airlines routinely selling flights they did not have the staff to safely provide. Tajer then discussed the safety implications and dangers overly tired pilots pose to the airline industry.

He also talked about the potential merger of the APA  and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), plus a contract win for Delta employees that could set pay and benefit standards for other airline industry employees. 

Listen to the entire episode to learn more about these topics.

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor podcast in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America's workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

America’s Work Force Union Podcast is brought to you in part by our sponsors American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Communication Workers of America, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6, Kelley & Ferraro, LLP, & Labor Citizen magazine, Laborers International Union of North America, North Coast Area Labor Federation, Maritime Trades Department, Ohio Federation of Teachers-American Federation of Teachers, United Auto Workers, United Labor Agency, United Steelworkers.


Group 342

Group 341

Group 398

Group 343

Group 339

Group 338

Group 397


Levin: “Right to Freeload’ has created worst income inequality in 100 years

Distinguished Senior Fellow at The Center for American Progress Andy Levin appeared on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed how...

Read More

Michigan’s So-Called Right to Work repeal awaits governor’s signature

Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and gave his thoughts on the nomination of Julie Su...

Read More

Longest strike in Alabama history ends

Adam Keller, co-host and co-producer of The Valley Labor Report, appeared on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and shared his thoughts on the...

Read More