>>Let's try to think of another carrier like CALEX that has furloughed 25% of its pilots.The point is that the Company LIED it its pilots! They were told not to expect any additional furloughs barring any unforseen negative market changes. CAL has stated that they will return to profitability in the 2nd quarter...obviously the on the backs of the CAL/CALEX pilots.<<
If I remember correctly, this is a changing industry. I could say to you one thing now and have it change by this time next week.
And this is a COMPANY, not a welfare agency. The #1 job of a public company is to make the stock price go up, not make sure that they be dedicated to their employees. While there can be a harmony with a mix of both, that can't always happen. CO management is trying to do both, and they realize that the owners of the company(stockholders) want to see CO stock go up. Gordon Bethune doesn't want to piss off his bosses, as that wouldn't be good(See Goodwin, Jim). The problem is that when you just try to have one or the other as the large focus, you can lose the support from the other group and the business can collapse(See Wolfe, Stephen). So, GB isn't trying to piss off the employees, yet he wants to gain support of the people who control his paycheck.
PS: I know that WN is an exception. But, CO and WN focus on two very different business models.