Who cares what the MEC agreed to? What this weak MEC agrees to matters not if the members vote it down. Also, it is the same MEC that violated ALPA policy by not even giving the members a vote for LOA 12, and they should have been recalled for that. It wasn’t until recently that the full details of the NEA were revealed to the pilots. The MEC initially sold it to the pilots during LOA12 rollout as a simple codeshare that could have happened anyway per B6 scope if B6 were growing. The B6ALPA MEC/reps misrepresented what the details of the NEA were, and there are efforts being initiated as we speak to recall the 12 LEC members who voted yes and who support the MEC (that’s the first step of recalling the MEC...as the members can’t directly recall the MEC). Pilots are angry at the MEC/NC for putting this crap deal together, and angry at the company for blatantly violating the most sacred part of the contract. This is why ALPA got voted in in the first place 6 years ago. The company is used to the direct relationship and violating their word and their agreements with workgroups, and peeing on them while saying it’s raining out. They continue to show their true colors. They preach integrity, but then blatantly violate it. They have now declared war on the pilot group. It won’t go well for the company, both from the pilots’ standpoint, or the arbitrator’s. If this vote were to reopen, it would fail by an even larger margin. I know quite a few yes voters who have already turned against the company.
So let me get this right: I say the pilot group’s anger is misguided and should be directed at the MEC who negotiated the deal in the first place on behalf of the pilots it represents that it thought could pass a vote with the pilot group, and your response is “this is what got ALPA voted in in the first place?” The same ALPA that put together the deal that the pilot group is so pissed off about? Who is the company supposed to negotiate with then if not the collective bargaining unit and leadership that the pilots elected to represent them who agree to a deal and agree to put it up for a vote? They didn’t have to agree to TA. They could have pushed back and continued to negotiate.
But yeah, it’s the company’s fault that the MEC agreed to the LOA.
What “word” or “agreement” with “workgroups” did they violate? I don’t see any of the non-union workgroups complaining about anything. Did the company say they weren’t going to furlough Airports or Tech Ops or SOC etc and then furlough? Did the company say they were going to go forward with their pay reviews and increases and then not do it? We know the answer.
Maybe the direct relationship actually works better than the indirect one.