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United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee  
User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3143 posts, RR: 10
Posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

Courtesy: Chicago Tribune

Unrest In The Air At United

"United Airlines' pilots union said Wednesday that it is establishing a "strike preparation committee," a signal that labor unrest is building at the world's second-largest airline."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...653905.story?coll=chi-business-hed

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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

Dear Management:

Thanks for getting us out of bankruptcy. We certainly couldn't have done it without you. Oh, by the way, you shouldn't get paid for that. We should.

We might quit working.

Love,
Unions.


User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4136 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

Quoting Chicago Tribune:
At United, much of the worker anger is directed at the executive compensation garnered by Tilton after the airline exited bankruptcy in February. He was granted 545,000 shares, worth about $23 million at the airline's $42.25-per-share closing price Wednesday, as well as 822,000 stock options worth about $5.7 million. Since early August, Tilton has cashed in shares and options worth $3.3 million.
Some pilots have sported buttons reading "United pilots have 40/40 vision," a reference to the pay raises given Tilton and McDonald.

Can you blame these guys? Tilton and McDonald dumped their retirement fund and then gave themselves the bonus noted above. Tilton is giving DL's former CEO, Leo Mullin some competition for audacity!  irked 



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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

Um, Tilton and McDonald pulled the airline up into profitability and then the BOARD gave them raises.

If you can right a multibillion dollar sinking ship, then maybe you could have a million or so dollar raise.

Yes, I blame them. Striking workers should be fired. You don't like your job, quit.

NS


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3520 times:

Quoting Gigneil (Reply 3):
Striking workers should be fired. You don't like your job, quit.

With the number of furloughed airline pilots being what it is, they could fill those positions in mere moments.


User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4588 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3510 times:

If you don't like your job you don't strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way. ~Homer Simpson


Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5944 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3452 times:

Yeah, this would be like telling Gordon Bethune to stick it where the sun don't shine.

United's pilot union has always been a boat anchor... anyone remember the summer from hell?


User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4588 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

If you read the report you will see they aren't planning on going on strike. They can't go on strike until some time in 2009. I can certainly see where the displeasure comes from with the workers. It seems wrong to be expected to take a huge pay cut just to have executives get big fat bonuses for hacking your pay. There is something morally wrong with that. What the pilots have at their disposal as mentioned in the report is to follow the contract to the letter. How can someone be mad at a worker for following their contract? Or are people going to be upset with them because they took a pay cut and now refuse to work overtime while executives get bonuses? Who should people be upset with? I'd be upset with the executives for being poor team players.

As long as the pilots stick with their contract as written nobody has a right to say a word about them. If their are massive cancellations as was the case in 2000 then blame management for not having enough pilots on staff. Nobody is obligated to work overtime. Maybe they should use that executive bonus money and hire more pilots.



Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3413 times:

Surprised that UAL ALPA didn't already have a Strike Prep Committee. Most airlines have them at all times. That's the whole purpose of the word "Prep"--to be prepared.


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