Fan_I_am From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 580 times:
I flew out of LBB today and saw some of WN rampers striking. I asked them about the strike and they mentioned that WN in DAL had a bigger strike turnout. Does anyone know about this? I haven't heard anything on national news....
out of curiosity... some of their signs said..
More money, less peanuts
We have the freedom to be forced to work overtime or buy groceries.
These are the ones I can remember. They talked more about wanting a pay increase....
WN boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 509 times:
It is not a strike. The rampers are only conducting "informational picketing." Southwest has been in contract negotiations for little more than a year now. In November, they reached a deal with the union, but the union members rejected the proposed settlement. Since then, mediation has not gone well.
The picketing you saw today is only conducted by rampers when not on their regular shift, meaning they do it on their own time. It does not cause any disruption in service, the point is ostensibly to "inform the public" of what the union believes to be lack of movement in contract negotiations. In reality, it is a form of intimidation meant to make people think that there is a strike when there is not.
Fan_I_am From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 461 times:
I asked the rampers and the ops agents who were picketing and they said strike, thats why I said strike in my post. Anyway, informational I can understand.
I use to be a fan of Southwest for years but recently Southwest lost my business because of the hassels I had to endure flying on them. However, with my many flights I have taken on Southwest, I have met many of southwest employees who I consider as friends and just listening to them talk, I can understand why the ramp/ops agents actions have been brought to this point. I feel it is justified completely.
If any Southwest Ramp/Ops agents read this post, I SUPPORT YOUR ACTIONS IN TAKING THIS FIRST STEP!!!!!
I know that many of the members in this forum are very very pro-Southwest Airlines, so please do not take my comments as being bias towards Southwest Airlines. I was a loyal customer and fan of Southwest until Southwest gave me the reasons to fly another carrier.