It's nice to hear a pilot recognizing the value and professionalism of Tech Ops.
Please don't take this as a personal attack because I don't know you nor am I familiar with your views. My question to you is: Why would you think DL
management wouldn't axe an efficient and profitable division when the pilot group has a deep distrust of managements ability to see this company through to the emergence from this precarious situation we're in. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've talked to pilots and heard "Why should we give them what they want when they're going to just piss it away. I'll just lose my job anyway". What was the slogan? Industry leading pay till the last day? I realize that the pilot union has reached a tentative agreement with Delta. However it seems to me that if you doubt Delta management would do what the rumor says you must be incredibly dismayed with your own union for not conceding to management's 'wise' demands over a year ago and avoiding a large amount of the bleeding that's occurred during that time. I guess what I'm saying is don't paint DL
management as competent with their dealings with other divisions when your own division has demonstrated a deep seated distrust of that same management.
The DFW hanger operation was supposed to be very efficient. Look what happened there.
There were problems with the DFW
hangar that Tech Ops management never could reign in. I won't go into details but it was basically a power struggle between different departments there. Efficiency was the victim. Efficiency was looked at in the decision to keep the stations/departments kept or eliminated. This is why SLC
was kept as a hub when most "experts" had written it off. Sure SLC
loses money. But the people there have demonstrated a willingness to work very hard and pull together. If you had two hubs that were losing money and needed to get rid of one and you had a clear cut difference in the attitude of the employees at the two hubs. It wouldn't be that hard of a choice. I don't fault the employees at DFW
or the ATL
hangar but I do blame the local management for not creating an environment conducive to their people being able to be the best they could be.