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No Strike For NWA's Mechanics  
User currently offlineHammer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 687 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

The National Mediation Board on Thursday declined NWA's request to declare an impasse in its talks with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA).

In a statement released Thursday, Northwest said it "looks forward to continuing its work with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to reach a consensual agreement with AMFA that provides wage and benefit levels that are fair to employees and that will allow Northwest to be competitive with other airlines.

"Because Northwest now has the highest labor costs in the airline industry, it is imperative that we reach a concessionary labor agreement with AMFA as soon as possible."

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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

The union that has always wanted to negotiate in good faith and avoid a disruption of any kind. They started last October, and only just got the actual proposed pay cut amounts last month from NWA.

It was the company who was unwilling to negotiate in good faith, and would rather have gone the lockout/strike route in order to bust the union.

Seems all we see on this site is constant union bashing, always saying the unions are greedy and don't care about the company's best interest, yadda yadda yadda. Clearly, that is NOT the case at NWA. UA mechanics didn't want a strike either, and were able to secure the best deal possible under the circumstances.

I applaud both the union and the mediator for more talks to continue in orer to secure a deal, similar to what was reached between AMFA and UAL. No one wants a strike, and it's in everyone's best interest to negotiate in good faith to deal with the issues at hand and ensure that the company will move forward and reduce its cost to be competitive. I hope for all involved that there is no strike or any kind of disruption of any kind at NWA this summer or down the road. At the end of the day, it's a team effort that keeps the airline operating smoothly and efficiently.


User currently offlineDrewwright From United States of America, joined May 2001, 621 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

Well said.
I dislike how unions are always demonized on this forum. Glad to see things are starting to work out because no one really wants a strike.
I think it is so funny, though, that Northwest states their industry leading labor costs as a reason for requesting concessions. Someone has to have the highest costs, so it may as well be NW. Is that such a bad thing, anyway, having the highest pay in the industry?
As Napoleon Dynamite would say, "Lucky!"

[Edited 2005-06-11 03:11:32]

User currently offlineHammer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 687 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1955 times:

I totally agree with you on the part of the company not wanting to negotiate....NWA after only a month or so said that they didn't want to deal with AMFA anymore, so they put in for the release from the mediation board...good for AMFA for now anyways, the proposals from NWA are not good for the staffing, they still want to cut alot of jobs, then work out a deal for pay cuts. They are due for more talks at the table the week of the 20th...

User currently offlineN867BX From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

Quoting Drewwright (Reply 2):
Someone has to have the highest costs, so it may as well be NW. Is that such a bad thing, anyway, having the highest pay in the industry?

After all the wage cuts at other airlines, NW's mechanic wages are not even in the proverbial ballpark anymore.


User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

The problem with unions is that they are, in some cases, ineffective. Look at Alaska's Ramp Service and Stores Agents, represented by the IAM, and where their membership in Seattle is currently. The problem is, the company holds all of the cards, and if they don't already, they can just take a trip to their local bankruptcy court (which is probably a good idea for most of our nation's airlines these days) and have any contract ripped up. However, god forbid the union wants any gains from an existing contract, they can expect to be speaking to an audience disguised as empty chairs.


Burma's constitutional referendum options: A. Yes, B. Go to Insein Prison!
User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

Quoting SHUPirate1 (Reply 5):
The problem with unions is that they are, in some cases, ineffective.

Yes indeed. Whether it's a labor union, condo. homeowner association, country club, whatever...it all depends on how involved (or not involved) the rank and file are in the daily management of both the parent organization and the local affiliate. It falls on the membership at large to remain committed to maintaining a strong union and electing individuals who are committed. If everyone just bitches and moans, but does nothing to fix the problems and improve upon the status quo, then ultimately who's fault is it? If you're dealing with a tough management, that means your organization has to be tough. If no one steps up to help negotiate a deal, or the wrong person is selected, then the organization fails in its goals.


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