>>Having said that, if even one F/A called in sick and they were not sick, they oughta be fired. Plain and simple. <<
Let's see.....you work for a company with a history of totally inept and unscrupulous management.....you have given two rounds of concessions to date and had another 21% taken out of your paycheck by the 2nd bankruptcy judge......there is talk that your company may not be alive in 20 days......and your contract (what's left of it, anyway) provides sick days as an accrued benefit and no doctor's note is required when you call in sick.
What are you going to do?
It would be real easy for others to moralize and say "I'd never call in sick if I wasn't" .......but I would say that the garbage I had had to put up with at work....if nothing else.....had made me mentally ill.
Everyone is pointing their finger at the ramp rats but the truth is.....the ramp guys had nothing to do with 99% of the problems experienced by USAirways over the weekend.
It wasn't the ramp guys who converted a whole lot of their flying from big jets to RJs....which are notorious for being unable to accommodate all the baggage, especially on full flights during holiday periods (people bringing more stuff) and when there is inclement weather (have to carry more fuel...bye bye bags)
It wasn't the ramp guys who scheduled 3 people at the Atlanta ticket counter...one to check in F passengers, one to show people how to use the kiosk, and one to check in Y passengers.
It wasn't the ramp guys who had left about 20 unfilled vacancies among rampers per shift in PHL
and that's before a single sick call or OJI absence.
I am the furthest thing from a union apologist out there (diehard Texas right-to-work law Republican, thank you) but in this case, I think management set the whole carrier up to fail this weekend so they can blame it on the IAM, get the judge to abrogate the contract, and get the IAM decertified. Why else would USAirways management have already been in touch with 3rd party vendors to do aircraft maintenance?
Yep, I would hate for the USAirways folks to be left without an airline. But in this case, maybe it is time to let the company die a natural death. Worse than seeing the company's employees have to adjust to and get integrated in to other jobs in the marketplace...would be to reward the dishonest, unethical, and unscrupulous folks who run that outfit.