>>It is clear that many employees don't agree with the union and want a chance to agree to concessions but the union will not give them that chance.<<
As I understand the by-laws of USAirways' pilots unit...and I will admit my understanding is pretty limited...the union CAN
NOT submit a management proposal to the rank and file for a vote. It has to be a TA
. And once submitted to the membership, the union loses the right to self-help should the company file for bankruptcy and a BK judge imposes new contractual terms on the unit.
My understanding also is that the 4 obstructionist members of the negotiating committee represent over 50% of the ALPA members at the company, were duly elected by their constituents, and have the responsibility and authority to do what they are doing.
It doesn't matter if we agree or disagree with their acts....they are representing their constitutents as they deem proper.
They must be doing something right.....the company has ponied up their 4th "last best offer."
However, if the employees are so concerned about being poorly served by a union, they should not have gone union in the first place. Or if they resent a union representing them and they have to pay dues even though they do not support the union, they should elect people who will overturn the Railway Labor Act. A little late for that now.
If I were a pilot working for USAirways, I would not be terribly worried about the company going into bankruptcy and not having a new concessionary contract. I doubt seriously that a bankruptcy judge will be any worse than the offers currently proffered by USAirways management. And regardless of what any of USAirways' unions do, this puppy is headed to bankruptcy. There ought not be the slightest doubt about that.
Once upon a time, did USAirways employees make too much with too lax a bunch of work rules? Sure they did. Did a lot of that get corrected during the precious two rounds of concessions. You betcha. Did management continue to cling to a failed business model of "give away a bunch of seats below cost to compete with LCCs then bend the last-minute business type traveler over the table to extort $450 each way for a 1 hr flight from him"? Yes, they sure as heck did, in fact, they're still doing it.
So what do you do if you are a prudent employee concerned about the future of the company? You let this management ride the horse into bankruptcy court, then let the union demonstrate how the company failed to bargain in good faith, then you pray like heck that the court tosses this inept management group out on its ear and appoints a trustee to take over.
That's not only the best chance the USAirways employees have, it's the ONLY chance they have. The current employees could pay the company for the privilege of working there, and IMHO the management would figure out a way to mess things up.
Let me paint a picture for you: I believe the current management at USAirways would be capable of taking a '73 Gremlin with a cracked block, pitted with rust, a bent frame...taking it out of a Michigan junkyard and messing it up even further.