I've flown in the states as a CFI only, not an airline pilot, but ive written a lot of articles and stayed close to the business in college. What I don't understand is this. First off, the Unions seem very very powerful in the USA, in Turkey, the airline pilot's union is a joke, it's just something you're a member of and that's about it. But out in the states, how is it that there are so many strikes and so many upset airline pilots? Aren't there thousands of young kids that have their mouths watering everyday looking for that big airline job, that's normally 10 years away? In Turkey we only have 5000 civil pilots, and that's since the creation of the Republic back in the late 20s! My pilot number is 4952, and i just converted from FAA to JAA 3 months ago!
How is it that the Unions have become this strong agaisnt the airlines, where the airlines have a large choice of candidates? I may be totally wrong here, but from my reading of articles on here and on the thrreads, the Union seems like a serious lobby power for the pilots, but why do airines put up with their demands - as if there is no one else to fly those a/c? Perhpas the system is just something cultural in the states, im not sure!
I'd love some input!