Southwest Airlines has hired Randy Babbitt as senior vice president of labor relations.
Last December, Babbitt resigned as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
, following his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.
At Southwest, Babbitt will have responsibility for all negotiation and communication between the airline and the unions that represent 87% of Southwest employees.
Babbitt began his aviation career as a pilot, flying 25 years for Eastern Airlines. In the 1990s, he served as president of the Air Line Pilots Association, a union that today represents more than 50,000 pilots.