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Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-09-20 | Tom Fletcher

Posted on 09/21/2012 1:38:39 PM PDT by 92nina

The pilots are at it again. While American Airlines languishes in bankruptcy court, they have taken the difficult steps of instituting cuts to wages, benefits, vacation time and flights. As a result, airline pilots are none-too-pleased, and could create countless problems for the millions of passengers the airline serves each year. According to a Wall Street Journal article:

Airlines workers periodically perform badly or walkout to get the attention of management and gain leverage in negotiations. It’s a messy battle that leaves passengers as collateral damage. Late flights means families with small children get stranded at airports when they miss connections. Canceled flights mean people miss meetings, weddings, funerals, cruise sailings. Business travelers get to hotels at 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. The impact on customers can be outrageous.

Another disturbing trend in this developing situation is the actions taken by the American Airlines pilots union. The same WSJ article further reports:

American’s pilots may quite rationally figure that crippling the company will increase the chances of a merger with US Airways -– American’s pilots’ union has already agreed with US Airways management on a hypothetical new contract superior to what American’s management is imposing after a federal judge canceled the pilots’ existing contract. Many are reacting emotionally, simply trying to hurt what they consider to be inept managers who are imposing punishing contracts as a result of the company’s failings.

What the pilots union is doing is simply irresponsible. To put their unrealistic and ill-timed demands above their customers will do them no favors in the long run. If hurting their employer is what they want, they certainly are succeeding. That being said, what they don’t seem to realize is that the consequences of their actions go far beyond than just their employer.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: deception; economy; fraud; unions
American Airlines have more self-inflicted wounds.
1 posted on 09/21/2012 1:38:51 PM PDT by 92nina
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I know a lot of airline pilots who are former Navy. According to them, their jobs are just miserable these days, with ever lower pay, terrible working conditions, and more and more time away from home. The movie "Airport" shows an airline life as dead as the paleolithic.

That said, unions still suck.

2 posted on 09/21/2012 1:49:49 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: 92nina

Some large corps are like gov’t they made promises they could not possibly keep

3 posted on 09/21/2012 1:57:07 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: pabianice

Don’t fly. That is the message being repeated over and over here.

The alternative for long-distance travel is STILL the family automobile, which is vastly more flexible in scheduling or routing, and more and more, not such a bad idea from an economic feasibility standpoint. Sure, there is the time factor, and the personal fatigue factor, but these can be charged off as collateral costs.

And so far, there are still few checkpoints on the highway system. But the big thing here is not to attract attention by bad behavior while operating a motor vehicle.

Too bad that trains and interurban busses have been driven to near extinction.

4 posted on 09/21/2012 2:04:23 PM PDT by alloysteel (Something like 95% of the personal woe in this world is self-induced.)
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To: alloysteel

I heard somewhere that business people fly on airplanes occasionally.

5 posted on 09/21/2012 9:00:13 PM PDT by Orbiter
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