Wow. Hadn’t seen this. While I’m pretty sure it’s relation to the old Eastern is just the name, I wish them well.
My dad used to work for Eastern Airlines. The movie Wall Street is roughly based on the dismantling of Eastern by Frank Lorenzo. (Gordon Gecko = Frank Lorenzo). Eastern was broken up and sold off to non-union Continental Airlines in an effort to bust the union. My dad was a victim of Lorenzo’s shenanigans. This is one reason why I am more sympathetic to unions and collective bargaining than many conservatives and less enamored by venture capitalists who strive for efficiency and stock market returns at the expense of real people. Wikipedia says Lorenzo is now a philanthropists. Probably to assuage his guilty conscience.
Yes, unions generally support the wrong party (against their actual interests IMO), and there was likely much inefficiency built into a lot of union contracts (more in reality than by design I suspect), but there is nothing inherently un-conservative about collective bargaining, and it is likely often a wise strategy. Middle class Republican hostility to unions per se (as opposed to who they endorse) is unwise. This is something Pat Buchanan understood.