Union or not union, the worker is there to work and put bread on his/her table. Be it a regular bread or a fancy all-grain which the unionized worker can afford, there should not be much difference in the level of efficiency between the workers (as long as they are feeding themselves
). When it comes to a job, and especially during these times where jobs ain't easy to find and layoffs are occuring, a worker would not be slacking since he/she is not getting paid as much as the other guys (would those who were furloughed from unionized jobs at the big airlines and now work with these smaller companies want to loose their jobs?).
So, if there are issues at I-Air, then the company itself is to blame, as maybe there are not enough employees to look after baggage handling, or they need to look at their procedures and fix them accordingly. If B6
adds more flights, I do not doubt that they will stick it out with this one driver since other airlines get their drivers to do up to 5 flights at a time. Right? Also, what is the driver to flight ratio at UA
? Do its procedures/equipment differ from i-Air?
Now, as for the unionized guys, from my personal experience, all of the unionized jobs that I have had (none are in the airline industry) had staff that pretty much worked 'work-for-rule' and did the bare minimum and without any initiative because their jobs were relatively protected and they had better chances to grieve anything as small as a peanut, and those positions were also mostly overstaffed (through negotiations) which somewhat facilitates this.
What it really comes down to for these airlines who contract out this type of work is to look at the performance and press on the contracting company or look elsewhere, including in-house.