You can say whatever you want about DALPA, but IMHO they have always demonstrated a very strong, unified solidarity in dealing with DL management. They make it very clear that they will not be pushed around, threatened or intimidated by management. They are IMHO opinion one of the most intelligent pilot groups out there.
Well, you are correct in that they have always showed solidarity when dealing with management and wont be pushed around or itimidated by mangagement. But then again, they also have to show solidarity when they get the DL
management boot kick comes.
I don't know so much about them being intelligent, as any airline union, in my opinion, is not intelligent. Either way, I am biased.
For instance, Delta did say they needed to lower costs and a 32.5% pay cut was the minimum that would happen. ALPA offered 9%. Delta said, "No dice, 32.5 minimum." ALPA offered 13%. Delta said, "No, 32.5." So ALPA offered $700 of the $1 million requested(which I thought was a huge step and big move by ALPA). Then management said, "You have just wasted your time, we have now upped it to 40% cut needed." Then ALPA finally got their butts in gear with negotiating.
In the end, what happened. ALPA ended up giving a 32.5% paycut. So all they did over the better part of a year was waste more time and money. I wouldn't exactly call that smart.
LMAO! It will be interesting when the DL762 thread overtakes the NW
DC-9 thread. That gets my vote as the most beaten dead horse on this site.
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