Your last post was completely uncalled for. I know that Miller22 seems to have been coming from the mgmt side, but he has his right to an opinion just as you do. From what it looks like to me at first glance, you play the role of union pawn very well.
Now, you can call me any name you want to, or flame me all you want, I don't really care. As an educated professional, I am going to state my opinion. I started off my first year of employment at the same pitiful wages that first year pilots make. However, I did not mind, because I knew that if I did my job well, and looked for and utilized the opportunities given to me, that my future would be very bright, and I could be very comfortable. In 5 years, my salary has been increased 120%, due to hard work, and seizing opportunities. It is no different for a pilot. Work hard, pay your dues, and look for opportunities, and then get a job with a major carrier, and they will pay you well.
The fact is, regional jets do not yield the profit of a mainline aircraft. Therefore, the pilots of those planes cannot expect the same pay scale, its simple economics. I am not sure what part of that the pilots do not understand. I thought most of you guys were well educated. As far as the retirement bennies go, why should they give you guys exorbitant retirement benefits when alll you guys are doing is using them as a stepping stone into a job with a major carrier, and most of you will not retire from there.
Gone are the days of the pilots and other airline employees who had pride in their jobs, and did it to make a living, and for the sheer enjoyment. The unions made sure that all came to an end by harboring and us vs. Management mentality, and spreading it like a disease among their constituents.
Before you flame me, remember who the high yield business traveller is, paying your salary, and boarding your aircraft, and giving your employer a reason to stay in business and continue to grow, so that you may have further opportunities to fly to new places, and keep the job you should be proud of.
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields