Part of the fun on discussion boards such as this is the aspect of anonymity however, you are quite wrong about me and my career choice. I am, and have been for some time, a licensed A & P mechanic and am currently employed utilizing that license. I have also been an active Shop Steward for airline maintenance. Pointing out the obvious flaws in union contracts (and I have seen some really stupid things get pushed down a company's throat in such contracts) does not mean that I bear animosity towards mechanics, rather, I bear animosity to idiots who think they are entitled to anything more than a living wage. By living wage, I define that as far less than $93,600 annually (that's what $45/hours works out to annually - without
Put into perspective (because I know the next argument will be that "we as mechanics are responsible for xx amount of lives daily"
Paramedics don't make those kind of wages; Nurses don't make those kind of wages and arguably both
of those professions deal directly with a lot more lives and life and death situations on a daily basis than the airline mechanic analogy. So that point doesn't hold water.
If faced with the prospect of getting my pay reduced or getting put on the street, it makes obvious sense to bite the bullet for a little while longer (but I guess Eastern, Pan Am, Braniff and all the rest didn't teach UAL's mechs a damn thing).
Agreed that the reason mechanics get paid well is because of what they know and not what they do, as it should be but there also gets to a point where they are being paid too much for what they know and far too much for what they do. Bottom line is that AMFA is blowing pie-in-the-sky smoke up their collective butts and the rank-and-file is too ignorant or arrogant to see a bad sales pitch when it presents itself.
Maybe, before assuming that "a mechanic stole my girlfriend" you might consider that I could be a mechanic who understands supply and demand and the fact that the UAL mechanics obviously do not. I have, as I said before, been a shop steward, flight mechanic (on both cargo and charter companies). Maybe, if the UAL mechanics want to find out what truly rotten hours and working conditions are, they should go to work for smaller cargo airlines as a flight mechanic...Remember there are duty time limitations under the FAR's - They are 4 days off in 30 calendar days, nothing more, nothing less. Technically, the airlines could work a mechanic 24 hours a day for 26 days straight, give them 4 days off, and be totally legal! Think about that when you're complaining about all of the rotten shifts and snowy nights and so on....If you wanted to work day shift forever, joining the airline industry was a horrible career choice!
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(