As noted above WN
is heavily unionized, with well paid workers and few worker problems, but it isn't perfect. If I am correct, didn't it take almost 2 years to negotiate a contract with one group of workers?
can be successul with unions and good pay vs. 'legacies' for several reasons. One, they operate mostly short haul routes so don't usually have the overnight costs for flight staff/pilots (motels, meals); Two, they probably get far more efficiency (in flight/true work hours) from all of it's employees as started in the 1970's, not the 1940's unlike the legacies so have modern jet age rules; Three, while they do pay well vs. the industry they probably do not have the highest pay rates in the airline industry and get more on duty hours from their employees; Fourth, with some exceptions (out of LAX
for example) most employees are based in lower cost of living areas of the USA; Fifth, no 'international' routes, with their additional labor costs; Sixth, fast turn around, so all have more efficient real duty time, without the lost time between flights.
As to UA
attempting to end union contracts, they may not be really asking for total aborgation of them, but not far from them. Probably, they want the court to give them more authority to revise work rules, reduce pay and replace pension plans with 401(k) programs, with no or very limited contribution from UA
. There is a risk of totally enraging their employees with this threat and may lead to (like proposed by US f/a's) CHAOS job actions with disruptment especially during Christmas time. Yes, the UA
employees may be like lemmings over the cliffs, but for some further pay cuts and the end of pensions may be the point of no return, even with the end of UA
and their jobs.