|Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 26):|
That's only partially correct. The AA scope clause required a second operating certificate, but the pilots could have all been on one integrated seniority list like Republic does with Republic/Chatauqua/Shuttle America all on one master seniority list with one contract covering pilots at all three. One master Trans States seniority list could have been created for both operating certificates, but management figured out that there were enough scumbags out there willing to stab their fellow pilots in the back for a quick upgrade.
If this is what actually happened, then could the TSA
pilots have voted out ALPA and voted in the Teamsters so that them and GoJet are represented by the same group, and then they could have insisted on one seniority list for the contract? Just a thought.
And isn't this kind of happening with ASA? I know SkyWest is respected and that ASA pilots just ratified a new contract, but it seems like all the new flying is going to the SkyWest certificate, and SkyWest is slowly whittling away ASA flying at that groups expense for a far more Junior and non-union work force. (Upgrades at SkyWest are so fast nowadays they are starting to resemble Mesa and Chautauqua for pilot force) SkyWest always seems to be very respected, but I see them doing a lot of the same things as the other carriers are. The difference is they seem to recognize employees as people, where TSA
and MAG think of them as resources (Hence SkyWest has a people department and not an HR
department, much like SouthWest). But still, I can't help but think that SkyWest is going in the direction of everyone else. And that is very sad. Maybe its time for Mainline Pilots in the next round of negotiations to negotiate even stricter scope clauses (AA won't get it, but UA
is coming up, and US is still trying to merge, and so on) Or better yet, maybe another work group besides pilots can step up. If a dispatcher contract is up, maybe they can include scope saying that all flying of 70 seats or more must be dispatched by mainline dispatchers, or Flight Attendants can insist that they have to work all flights, or something like that. It would take a lot of pressure off of ALPA, and would benefit everyone, instead of pilots constantly taking the lead in everything.