EA CO AS wrote:
Who said they are?
Companies find ways to streamline operations with fewer people all the time without farming out the work; a famous case of this was when EA began using powerbacks to move aircraft off the gate instead of relying on highly-paid mechanics to drive pushback tractors. The mechanics didn't lose their jobs, but EA needed to hire fewer of them in the future, and the union threw a hissyfit. IAM chief Charlie Bryan even went as far as to stand in back of an EA aircraft conducting a pushback test in an attempt to stop the test from taking place.
I'm not going to endorse your entire train of thought, but to add to context - let's consider how soured Union relations, and EA - ultimately concluded.
Let's set the stage - and see if any parallels come up.
For sourcing, here's an NY times article that will serve as the spine of the argument: https://www.nytimes.com/1991/01/20/us/eastern-airlines-brought-down-by-a-strike-so-bitter-it-became-a-crusade.html
A familiar name...
Deregulation then might have similar consequences to modern LCC intrusion - in perhaps many of the same ways. Who know how much of AA's core assets are currently strained by B6's presence, currently depressed 'Crown Jewel' routes to South America et al, all slightly contributing to weakened potential profits compared to competitors who are gaining . I am not wishing to imply that the airline in unhealthy, however, labour pains at this length are hopefully not the remnants of not properly dealing with the 'new reality' of AA having not only to compete against DL, and UA, but also - in many cases, and increasingly - against B6, WN and AS.
Umm. Tonnes of A32Xs coming on, and then we have the MAXs (sitting idle, and badly needed), and the 787s (and potential issues) and the 777s. It was a valid calculation - get a newer, more fuel efficient fleet - and that they are doing. However, they were last to the merger party - and unlike their rivals - UA, and DL - have been the most liberal when it comes to ordering and core fleet changes. Impressive, and as necessary as long as the market remains stable, which foreshadows to;
[url]And the final blow for Eastern probably came in August, when the price of aviation fuel surged after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, greatly increasing operating costs and making it impossible for Eastern to get a grip on its debts.[/url]https://www.nytimes.com/1991/01/20/us/eastern-airlines-brought-down-by-a-strike-so-bitter-it-became-a-crusade.html
Umm. No parallels that I can think of (don't check twitter).
The rest of the article is a great read - and does not fail to demonstrate how demonstratively dirty the entire affair became. Though no two examples are perfect pairs - and by no means am I suggesting that we will have to go down that route once more, but - it's an interest read.