Kona, ILUV67, et al, I definitely agree with you. But Cch362
, you really, really hit the nail on the head big time. Every single point you made I couldn't agree more.
Regarding your point about the unions, well, I just read some blurbs on the AFA (flight attendant union) website that basically slams him and agrees that he shouldve been gone a long time ago. AFA gave him a vote of "no confidence" last spring, I believe. AFA, in particular, despises him more than ever now because of the bizjets purchases in light of all our layoffs. And if that's not enough, the union is pissed that this "Avolar" thing won't even hire ANY furloughed (or active) UA flight attendants. The FAs for the bizjets WILL GET MORE PAY THAN UA FA's. All of this is a slap in the face of the worse kind.
As for the pilots' union, ALPA, I read Rick Dubinsky's disappointing quote to Forbe's magazine (June '01 issue), that they'd rather "keep Goodwin"-- something along the lines that "it's better to keep the devil you already know, rather than getting a new devil you don't know."
Well, that thought might have changed recently because now that the UA's total narrowbody fleet is dipping below the 451 number (because of the 727, 732 retirement next month) there are some contractual violations vis-a-vis all of the United Express RJ flying that the company is doing. Basically, the company is supposed to keep the narrowbody fleet above 451 to prevent too many United Express RJs from infiltrating too much of our flying. It seems that management is trying to use the wartime "force majeure" argument to get around it. We'll see how this upcoming standoff between ALPA and Goodwin plays out. Rest assured, that UA won't win this if it goes to court for unfair labor practices. Not to mention that United has virtually zero political clout now in Washington because of the expensive bizjets purchase immediately after UA got the bailout money
(wildly idiotic blunder by Goodwin).
IMHO, I think ALPA wants to keep Goofwin because they know they can get their way with him, as evidenced by the end of the summer of 2000. Goodwin is so spineless, and so easily pliable that anyone wouldn't mind retaining him as long as they can walk all over him.
Being a spineless jellyfish without any knowledge of labor negotiations, plus being someone who generally has no clue about airline operations is A VERY BAD COMBINATION. --Especially if you're gonna call yourself a CEO.
There's simply no hope for this man.
P.S.: I avoided being one of the thousands being forceably furloughed. Yaaaay.