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United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee

Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:36 am

Courtesy: Chicago Tribune

Unrest In The Air At United

"United Airlines' pilots union said Wednesday that it is establishing a "strike preparation committee," a signal that labor unrest is building at the world's second-largest airline."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...653905.story?coll=chi-business-hed
 
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RE: United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee

Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:47 am

Dear Management:

Thanks for getting us out of bankruptcy. We certainly couldn't have done it without you. Oh, by the way, you shouldn't get paid for that. We should.

We might quit working.

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RE: United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee

Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:48 am

Quoting Chicago Tribune:
At United, much of the worker anger is directed at the executive compensation garnered by Tilton after the airline exited bankruptcy in February. He was granted 545,000 shares, worth about $23 million at the airline's $42.25-per-share closing price Wednesday, as well as 822,000 stock options worth about $5.7 million. Since early August, Tilton has cashed in shares and options worth $3.3 million.
Some pilots have sported buttons reading "United pilots have 40/40 vision," a reference to the pay raises given Tilton and McDonald.

Can you blame these guys? Tilton and McDonald dumped their retirement fund and then gave themselves the bonus noted above. Tilton is giving DL's former CEO, Leo Mullin some competition for audacity!  irked 
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RE: United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee

Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:51 am

Um, Tilton and McDonald pulled the airline up into profitability and then the BOARD gave them raises.

If you can right a multibillion dollar sinking ship, then maybe you could have a million or so dollar raise.

Yes, I blame them. Striking workers should be fired. You don't like your job, quit.

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RE: United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee

Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:57 am

Quoting Gigneil (Reply 3):
Striking workers should be fired. You don't like your job, quit.

With the number of furloughed airline pilots being what it is, they could fill those positions in mere moments.
 
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RE: United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee

Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:02 am

If you don't like your job you don't strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way. ~Homer Simpson
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RE: United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee

Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:39 am

Yeah, this would be like telling Gordon Bethune to stick it where the sun don't shine.

United's pilot union has always been a boat anchor... anyone remember the summer from hell?
 
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RE: United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee

Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:54 am

If you read the report you will see they aren't planning on going on strike. They can't go on strike until some time in 2009. I can certainly see where the displeasure comes from with the workers. It seems wrong to be expected to take a huge pay cut just to have executives get big fat bonuses for hacking your pay. There is something morally wrong with that. What the pilots have at their disposal as mentioned in the report is to follow the contract to the letter. How can someone be mad at a worker for following their contract? Or are people going to be upset with them because they took a pay cut and now refuse to work overtime while executives get bonuses? Who should people be upset with? I'd be upset with the executives for being poor team players.

As long as the pilots stick with their contract as written nobody has a right to say a word about them. If their are massive cancellations as was the case in 2000 then blame management for not having enough pilots on staff. Nobody is obligated to work overtime. Maybe they should use that executive bonus money and hire more pilots.
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RE: United Pilots To Make A Strike Prep Committee

Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:59 am

Surprised that UAL ALPA didn't already have a Strike Prep Committee. Most airlines have them at all times. That's the whole purpose of the word "Prep"--to be prepared.
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