Game? The e-mail I got last night suggested that a TA could be on the table as soon as next week. I belive the Union is only trying to find a balance between fair and unreasonable.
The company has told you what the target $ amount for the pilot's group is. It's up to you to meet it. When you come in on a "proposal" at less than half what the company said your group had to meet, and you instead said "we'll stay at less expensive hotels", you're union has made it a game. Meet the damn target already. Do like we did in Field serivices-got together with our reps,and we gave them our suggestions at how to get there. We didn't like the pay cut, but we made the best of it, and came up with suggestions to meet the goal. Your union doesn't seem to be doing that. It's the same old crap. Well, there's no negotiationg with the number the company gave you guys. If you haven't figured that out by now, then you never will. Find a way to meet what the company put on the table, and stop the whining.
Although I love Continental, I have see in expand and
grow and spend money when other airlines cut costs with
fleet size, salaries etc. To the point where I wondered what
Continental was doing and they seemed to go the opposite
of what the industry was doing during such harsh times.
Actually, what CO
has done has probably saved it from a fate that US, UA
are suffering now. They did NOT take off basic amenities like meals, pillows and the like. They aggressively expanded routes that make money-namely international, and more specifically, European service. They had the flexibility and the wits to us the 752 over the pond, instead of just wasting them on high-demand, zero-yield markets on domestic.
is hurting-no major isn't. But CO
has been drowning in less water, simply because it was smart and put it's resources where it could have the best impact. I don't see that as a bad thing.
But when fuel continues to rise and ticket prices are at or below 1978 levels, adjusted for inflation, and the government continues to pile more and more taxes and fees on an industry that just cannot absorb them, you get to the point that, in order to return to profitibility, other things must give, and, in this case, it's payroll. It's not that hard to figure out.