“Better to die on one’s feet than willingly live on one’s knees”
American Airline Pilot
American Airline Pilot's feelings about the contract:
“Coming soon to a theater Near You…
The Sell Job
Bums the Rush and John Q. Pilot.”
Date: August, 2012.
Location: Paris, France, Marriott Hotel Crew Room.
Discussion: State of the Industry.
Last week we spent an evening with some of our friends over at American Airlines who shared some interesting facts on the proposed contract—which was voted down. I’m not surprised after reading the terms of the offering.
Stress is apparent, and with reason, shaking up and penetrating many of our flying counter parts at American.
The current offer was not just voted down by a slight margin, it was voted down with 61 percent saying, “no.” The battle has just begun. One captain said, “Shoot ourselves in the leg, or give the company the gun to shoot the other leg.” Either way, they are left without a leg to stand on. And so goes their struggle.
How far can you push a pilot before they break?
Frustration and anger are brewing—with reason.
A few interesting concepts on the proposed contract:
Fatigue pay—not granted. Sick leave—not granted. Loss of military benefits. Give away 50% of their domestic code share. Six-year duration. Pay cuts due to increased health care costs. My personal favorite is that “the pilots cannot protest bonuses given to management because of management’s sacrifices.” Speaking of sacrifice…The proposed pay was well below industry standards.
Another interesting fact—we were told that just over 10% of American Airlines Pilots have filed personal bankruptcy.
Does this sound like a chapter out of
As the American Pilots say,
“No Pilots. No revenue. SWA would love to be in DFW.”
From your friends in the sky worldwide, we all are standing with you in the interest of job integrity and ultimate safety. It was great to share the evening with you guys… fly safe, and enjoy the journey. May your future be bright. Remember, nothing worth having comes easy.