Certainly nice to see some more positive press coverage for UA
. As we saw just recently, the media cannot, and should not be trusted at face value. I'm referring to Newsweek's report about the Greenwald comeback. This was nothing more than utter rubbish...a whimsical story made up to get attention. Both Greenwald and UA
refuted this story on the strongest of terms. I don't care if it's the Los Angeles Times, London Daily Telegraph
or the National Enquirer
... believe me, they've all got agendas, and their bottom line is paper sales. And sales come from creating interesting articles, many times at the expense of accuracy and truthfulness.
is the press' favorite victim at the moment, but when AA
enters ch. 11 down the road, that will all change.
My instinct is that United will survive, even if much smaller than it was 5 years ago. I think a management wide reduction-in-pay of say 33% would send a positive message to employees. Right now, you have flight attendants, mechanics, pilots and other employee groups who already earn much less than MGMT, but are shouldering all of the labor reductions.
If pilots (who are taking the largest pay cut) should be expected to embrace their 30% pay cut, let management (who is at the top of the pay scale) take an even larger cut. The flight attendants recently came up with a plan to give back even more. How management can sleep at night knowing they're making $800,000/ year and giving back nothing is beyond me. Granted, most of MGMT works EXTREMELY hard for UA
, but don't tell me an f/a doesn't work hard for the mighty $35,000 she brings home. It's MGMT, not the f/a's, pilots or mechanics who should be taking more pay cuts. After MGMT gives something back, let's reevaluate the labor issue. If there's still a need for concessions, we'll talk about more give backs from the unions. Everyone at United looks to Management for leadership through this process, so it sure would be nice to see some real leadership in the form of MGMT concessions.
In the interest of ending on a pleasant note, I'll just say again that I have much faith in United to pull out of ch. 11 in the form of a lean, highly competitive airline. Given the state of the airline industry, it won't be hard for United to regain her stature as the premier U.S. flag carrier. In many ways, United has an edge on the other majors...being months ahead in the reorganization process.
And for the chicken littles out there, don't delude yourselves into thinking the sky is falling only for United. In fact, the sky is not falling, and every other full-service U.S. carrier is in the same boat as United... some (such as Delta, NWA, CO
) may simply be farther upstream. They too, will likely hit the waterfall at some point.
Just remember, this is an industry crisis, not merely a UAL crisis.
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