So basically unions are even more worthless than even I thought....
The unions are out for themselves...they've fallen corrupt just like most business these days. In 2003, IAM President Randy Canale got a salary raise (I saw this in a internal letter from UA
, take it for what it's worth) while two airlines who are represented by the IAM, UA
and US, struggled and cut employee pay. Explain that logic...some president.
They don't give a damn about employees, otherwise the AFA wouldn't be threatening to, in effect, shut down 7 airlines just to "make a point." The unions have gone from possibly useful to fat bags of BS
. If unions cared, they'd reduce their dues and actually work with the companies instead of strangling them everytime the contract comes up for renewal...even when profitable, the unions ravage the airline. Look at UA
's pilot contract in 2000. I don't think I need to go any further with that one (well, it was partly management's fault too).
Simply put, the unions don't plan on fixing the majors. They plan on strangling them for every last penny before leaving the withering carcass that was once a proud corporation to rot in the desert...
[Edited 2004-12-25 07:15:29]