I suggest that you ask the moderator to delete this entire thread.
Why? What is there about this topic that bothers you?
I would not put much stock into what Paul Weaver writes
The story in the Sun-Times was in 2 parts. The other part was released today:
Given the level of detail in his account of events, I would say he must have talked to people who were there and witnessed these things.
Mad dog rubbed too many people the wrong way. The failure of the ESOP cost many people a great deal of money. I would not be surprised to see some of these people show a willingness to talk. Remember, this is only part of his book. Who knows what secrets lay in the rest of it?
Not all pilots liked Dubinsky either. Some saw him as the danger he was; people didn’t call him Mad dog for nothing. Those pilots were quickly browbeaten by other pilots who were seduced by Dubinsky’s vision of dollar signs.
Don’t forget, it was Mad dog who engineered the infamous “Summer from Hell” during the summer of 2000. The book alleges that Dubinsky threatened to reduce pilot hours during Thanksgiving of 89 if the Board didn’t give in to his demands. Mad dog used this same form of blackmail during negotiations for a new pilot contract in 2000. During the negotiations, he threatened to stop pilots from volunteering to fly overtime hours if United didn’t agree to a hefty pay raise. United had built their schedule around anticipated amounts of overtime flying. If the pilots stopped volunteering for overtime, the summer schedule would be devastated. Dubinsky believed he had United over a barrel again.
This time, however, United didn’t capitulate. They stood their ground during negotiations. Dubinsky upped the ante by having the pilots clog up the works with unnecessary write ups, slow taxi times, ship refusals, etc. The resulting chaos brought United to its knees. Who can forget Mad dog’s famous quote when asked about how his tactics might kill the goose that laid the golden egg.
He said he didn’t want to kill the goose; he just wanted to choke it until it gave “every last egg.”
I plan on buying this book.