If the unions are too greedy, they're gonna lose everything, and I have to admit this scenario with Jazz makes me smile, but then again, I still don't wish that AC
will be going down, even though for one time I agree with Neil, I wouldn't want taxpayer money to bail them out.
I have worked maintenance for airlines for almost 4 years now (never at AC
), but I have heard so many stories about waste and inefficient situations in AC
maintenance bases, it's incredible... I'll give you a few examples that show the union is like a mafia there (it can make anything happen... because it said so!!!). And apparently, that's been going on since the 80s, when it was still a company of the crown. Mostly they are stories about techs I know that did work for AC
at one point or still are.
1. If you're a young tech out of school and you're good, real good (ie too good), then you do your job quickly and it's well done. During that time, the older guy working beside is chatting about what he did last weekend with another of his pals, and doesn't care so much, it's normal working speed for him. At the end of the shift, the superior realizes the young gun worked so much faster than his experienced guy. Now 2 things can happen, either the superior warns the young guy to slow down because he's making the others look bad, or warns the other to work a little faster. Of course, the more experienced guy will be pissed, and will tell the younger guy to lay low and slow his tempo or he'll regret it.
2. This one is good, I've heard that on some days when there's less work to be carried out, superiors tell their techs to at least move their toolbox around to another airplane just to show that they've indeed done something today. (I've heard it many times)
3. If you're in a shop that does work on any plane units (example: PCU: passenger control unit for the audio and sometimes the reading lights which are located in the armrests of the seats). You get a quotta (in this story 10) of the faulty units you can repair in a day's work. Well in this case, the audio jack is what's broken most often, the passenger complains he gets his audio in one hear only, etc. It takes a few minutes to replace and test. The guy I know who worked there was told he had to stop after 10 units repaired, even though he still had half his shift left AND
UNITS REMAINING TO BE
Now you see at a certain level why AC
is somewhat inefficient and loses money (that's just maintenance). You don't see anything like that happening in other airlines in Canada, because they would go under, and nobody would care. But by some way, AC
always gets away with it.
I'm on a roll so I have something else to add about District Lodge 140... Jean Jallet is the most crooked !/"$% the airline union world has ever known. In August 2001, Air Transat unionized maintenance employees in Montreal (by the way, the TS
union is 99% less radical than the one at AC
) were part of that lodge. Then came the Azores incident and the media problem for TS
at the time which was on its case. Well Mr. Jallet was the leader of that lodge then too, and he backstabbed the Air Transat employees by feeding confidential info he got from Transat about the investigation to the media, more precisely to the Globe & Mail which always had the scoop before everyone at the time. Now the union leader from TS
(a mechanic I won't name) tought the leak came from within and told everyone to shut up or "we could all lose our jobs"
Then it came out that Jean "crosseur" Jallet was responsible for all this because the guy has AC
stamped across his heart and thought bad publicity for TS
would benefit Air Canada.
I don't have to specify that Air Transat maintenance employees are no longer part of this same 140 lodge.
In any case, sorry if my post has gotten long, but it just goes to show that unions can cause an increase in costs for stupid union reasons. But even then, I'm not anti-union, just anti-radical-union.