It seems that most of the people here are making the wrong assumption that a yes vote would prevent a chapter 11 filing. As a dues paying IAM member I can tell you that I have already read that book, and I can tell you how it ends. There was a 57% NO vote. In the next week there will be "informational meetings". They will tell you that you were confused. You didn't understand the importance of this vote. They will even say that your wife called to demand a second vote. Out of the goodness of their hearts they will "allow" you to vote again so you can do the right thing and "save your job". In the weeks to come you will have evidence that the IAM and the company lied to you. You will vote NO the second time with even more confidence and resolve. You and your fellow mechanics will pose for pictures and hold up your ballots as proof of a NO vote. When you go home after talking to all of your coworkers, you will have confidence in a 95% no vote, and you will believe that you sent a message. When you wake up in the morning. You will be stunned to hear that you approved the concessions with a 57% yes vote. (57% is the only number the IAM knows.) You will also realize that the only message sent was the one saying the IAM is in the company's hip pocket.
You will take a pay cut. UAL will file Chapter 11, and you will STILL suffer from layoffs. The remaining employees will then be told to dig deeper for a second round of pay cuts, because it just wasn't enough the first time around. You won't vote on this, because there was hidden language in the last package preventing a vote.
The only chapter not yet written in this train wreck is which name they are going to keep when they merge what is left of United with what is left of USAir. Look closely United Employees. WE ARE YOUR FUTURE, and they are lying to you. A yes vote will not change their plans, nor will it save your job. Vote NO, then vote AMFA.
To Mr. Jay Davis,who believes what he reads in the paper, and then thinks he's an expert. I would like you to come to Pittsburgh, so you can see what it's like to drink a bucket of skydrol or inhale a lung full of ZipChem laced with trichlorofluoroethane. Maybe some Methyl Ethyl Ketone splashed in your eyes will help clear your vision as to what it's really like to work on an airplane and have thousands of lives entrusted to you. I doubt it though, because you are just a turd living an aviation fantasy.
10,000 years ago we would have eaten you. Today, we drag you along and allow you to pollute the gene pool.