727LOVER is right, my father worked for Eastern. When the fuel prices started to skyrocket Borman knew there was no way EA
could survive unless there were concessions by everyone. Pilots, FAs and machinists. Charlie Bryan was a mechanic who rose to Union President for the machinists. He was very arrogant and aloof and would in no way give in to anything. Which was a bad stance. Though I am not a fan of cutting salaries the employees had to do something or they would all be out of work. Bryan basically took a very standoff-ish position and Borman himself was irked at the fact he was being talked to the way he was by an ex-mechanic so he told Bryan either agree to the wage cuts or he would sell to Lorenzo, which we all know he did. The reason Lorenzo is viewed as the villain in the destruction of EA
is his cuts were horrible. My dad was making $21 an hour, which in the early 80's was quite good. Some of the senior pilots were making upwards of $100,000 a year, Lorenzo's proposal to my dad and his co-workers was a wage cut to $10 an hour and then even less, he sat the pilots down and told them they would be cut to $30,000 a year. Not to mention cuts in break time and others. This was Lorenzo's MO
. This is why you had the strike and then ultimately the airline going under since Byran was very anti-management and also the FAs and pilots honored the picket lines. Lorenzo should have played ball. He didn't and the rest is history.