J32 driver just remember that GOJet pilots are people too, and they have families to feed and they have to make a living somehow. I would not use the word opportunistic to describe them, I would just describe them as trying to make a living. And not all the facts are known. Honestly, if I wanted to live in STL
, and I had airlines like Skywest, and Air Wisconsin knocking on my door in addition to GoJet, wouldn't it be safe to say that GoJet would be the better option. Yes they pay may be a bit less, but I don't have to worry about commuting hastles and having to pay for a hotel every trip before I get started. How would you like it if someone told you that you were a loser just because of who you choose to work for? I didn't think so.
And my point was, ALPA allowed TSA
to weaken then. Yes TSA
management is not great, I agree with that. But when GoJet was announced, ALPA should have immediately tried to grieve the contract, and then should have tried to bring the new hire pilots into ALPA. Instead, they try scare tactics like Blacklisting which doesn't work because Airlines don't pay attention to scab lists anyways.
|Quoting J32driver (Reply 5):|
I also don't think you have any concept of what a Union can or can't do
Oh yes I do. As a dispatcher I am a dues paying member of TWU. And let me explain what has happened since they came onto the property. Tuition reimbursement went away, we have no company match on our 401K, and instead of being salaried, we went to an hourly wage. Needless to say, pay and benefits were made worse by TWU coming onto the property, not better. And I am seeing this at most carriers, like USAirs MEC letting their pilots accept worse wages than some regional carriers just to fly the mechanically challenged 190, Mesa's MEC letting Jonny O rape them badly, or American Eagle letting their pilots fly for under 20K a year? I am not sure how the teamsters will do, but I will laugh at ALPA if they can get these "scabs" higher wages than the TSA
pilots. I mean, if Skywest pilots can get decent wages and not be unionized, then why can't any other pilot group do the same, and what does ALPA actually do?
I also believe that ALPA has not done a great job of representing regional pilots. I believe mainline pilots are maybe slightly overpaid, but I also believe that regional pilots are severely underpaid, and I haven't seen ALPA do much to address this issue.
|Quoting J32driver (Reply 5):|
What would ALPA do about an FAA violation against SKYWAY? What kind of a violation was it? Any real info?
The violation involved the way they trained their dispatchers and needless to say, most of the people there that were running the dispatch office ended up out of work after this incident. I don't know details, but I heard a rumor that some dispatchers there were falsifying their jumpseat time to stay current, when they had never actually been in the jumpseat. My point was that if that can happen in that department and management is blind, it can happen in the pilot workgroup as well.
|Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 6):|
So, is GoJet actually flying now? Have they received their 10 x CRJ701s? If so, how are their daily ops - are they managing okay?
I don't know if they have all their planes but I do know of the united express carriers, their performance numbers are the highest.
Let me make this clear. I have no love for GoJet either, especially since they helped united push us out the door. But after seeing what united did to us (We can't even non rev on our own 146's anymore), I think Mesa, Trans States, GoJet, and United were all made for each other.