No offense to any of the mechanics here, but in my opinion, $60 per hour is absolutely ludicrous. Look at it this way...A mechanic making $60 per hour (the proposed maximum), working 40 hours per week, and 50 weeks a year (taking two weeks off a year) would make $120,000 per year, and that's before taxes! If they work some overtime (which most, if not all mechanics do) and don't take vacations, they could be pushing $150,000 per year, more than most pilots, not to mention most doctors, lawyers, and senators! If the mechanics do strike, which is a very real possibility, considering that NW's plan centers around 14% raises for most mechanics, I have to worry about the airline. A mechanic's strike is the main thing that brought Eastern under, and it could happen to NW.
Create your own luck.