I find nothing sinister about Delta's Management seeking to bring the Widget's labor costs in line with the competition. It will be absolutely impossible for Delta to continue operating under it's current wage agreement.
I find ALPA to be very slow to accept the new-found realities of the Airline Industry. The "magical recovery" is not to be seen anywhere down the road. The Industry has forever changed, and there is no turning back. Delta's pilots simply need to face the facts, swallow their poison, and work towards saving the future of their employer. Pilots often act as if they are the only labor force in the Country to have to make sacrifices. I would wager that the vast majority of Delta's passengers (who pay the salary of these same Pilots) have likewise had to endure financial hardships in recent years.
Should Delta file for bankruptcy, the ALPA contract could be immediately abrogated. Under this scenario, ALPA would be begging for the 35% wage cuts that Delta is now requiring.
What really slays me is the fact that ALPA is responsible for placing the Airline Industry on shaky financial grounds even prior to 9/11. It started with the infamous "work action" against UAL in the Summer of 2000. United eventually had no choice than to surrender to ALPA's outrageous demands. The flood gates then opened at every other carrier, as the pilot groups demanded equal or better pay than United's cockpit crews. Only AA
had the courage to stand-up to it's (winning a huge law suit against APA
) pilots when they tried to exercise similar tactics to those utilized by UAL's ALPA represented group.