Let’s see, where do I start…
You've forgotten one thing. We are the customer. And ultimately, it is us who get to decide who wins, and who looses.
What kind of moronic response is this to my original post? Where in my post did I remotely question the traveling public’s choice in choosing an air travel option? Enlighten me, please, because right now it sounds like you have no logical arguments whatsoever to present in the topic at hand- airline labor.
You see, what you all keep on forgetting is that there are too many planes in service in the USA. Which means somebody has to go. All of that strain you guys are talking about, is a result of resisting going…If i start off paying somebody, say $25, 000 per year, and i give them bonuses due to could performance etc (thats a 'conditional element of their pay) they're probably going to be really happy if they take home $32 000. However, if i give them $35 000, when they were previously paid $50, 000, to do the same job, sure they're gonna be pissed. Its simple basic pyscology really.
The thing is, the Jetblue's of the world have realised this and taken advantage of it. Part of their business plan is that you do feel the frustration that you feel now, because, they're hoping that your service levels will decline when compared to theirs, making them look all the better.
Thank you for your valuable insight, oh wise armchair quarterback from a foreign land. As I said in my original post, If aren’t (or haven't been) employed in this industry, you cannot intelligibly comment on matters. However for pure entertainment- using your ethereal logic- let me guess how an airline of your endorsement succeeds (At the macro level): Pay spartan wages, acquire the financing for new aircraft, create the basics of a viable network, and develop a few gimmicks, such as new IFE toys. Wow, what a great idea- but wait! We already have such a darling- Jetblue. Just a few minor issues though to the long term viability of this great idea. Those sparkling new aircraft- they won’t stay new forever, and will require a higher level of care, and greatly increased costs as time progresses. And the labor you employ- will get more expensive (do you actually believe that those CASMs will stay low forever?)- NO workforce, regardless of company, will continue to work at the same pay rate for any length of time in a profitable company- this is the REAL world, not the one in the classroom, Amigo. And by the way, while they do have a good customer base, it cannot touch that of more established LCCs, like Southwest. The industry can match this darling’s capacity wherever its truly challenged, and eventually manipulate the supply to eliminate their impact in any market (want proof?- ask why your darling no longer serves Atlanta). What looks great on paper has a long way to go before successful implementation. When you actually have worked in such an environment from either a managerial or operational perspective, having the experience with you as a result, reflect on the thoughts you have presented here and see if they are even close to what reality dictates.
I won’t take offense to your statement, but I would like to point out several things, because your post is screaming for me to do so. 1- I am not an F/A, and 2- I am not rich. I can’t speak for you, but I never hoped to become rich in this business, just have a decent existence in the pursuit a passion. I feel terrible for those of the same mind frame who must deal with literal hell at a much later time in their life. Their recent actions, both in this instance and with other unions from other workgroups, speak to a sadness and desperation in a time that no one thought would occur. Fair? No. Just reality, and a prayer that this mess stops soon.
It goes without saying that the public ultimately dictates the success of a carrier. But labor problems are something that, while in the public eye, are an internal matter. It is not “crap” to say that an outsider viewpoint is irrelevant because quite frankly, if you aren’t dealing with the situation, you can’t say what you’ll do. And judging from your age profile, you haven’t been around for all that long, even compared to me. You should however, be applauded for understanding the role of a proactive management team coexisting with its employees.
Now to the other thing I am curious about from your post…
I am a member of a 38,000-member strong travel group and we just signed a petition among all members to not fly AFA-represented airlines because of Patricia Friend's little announcement. This is not some ordinary travel group that pays the tourist fares, mind you. We always pay top dollar-first class fare for all our 450+ trips a year. Now think about this, how much money does one first class fare bring in? Multiply that by our 38,000 strong membership, and any airline that doesn't get a piece of this is going to be hurting. Like I said before, we (as the flying public) control how your jobs will end up, not your unions.
Either this is a truly pathetic way of trying to impose some sense of legitimacy to your viewpoint, or this supposed “group” is comprised of a legion of fools. So, all 38,000 have signed a petition to be inconvenienced en masse in the short time since this has transpired? Interesting. So, your group ALWAYS pays top dollar for 450 trips a year- gee, sounds like you worked out a great deal with the carriers you travel on. Funny- I know of several groups of AROUND 50 that can bargain for better. Here’s a thought- if you cannot present a logical argument, don’t present a blatant falsehood. And by the way, show a news release of this “group”, and I’ll be happy to revisit that opinion.
To your entire post, amen. =)
Over the years, I've found that common sense is not that common.