One of the arguments the nay-sayers kept throwing around was how a union will ruin our culture and our service and yada yada. They would point to stats regarding sick calls, fatigue calls, the posts on here about "how to preflight a...", and all sorts of stories like "I was in the FBO and overheard an options crew turn down a trip..." That sort of stuff. I never bought it, but others did. And so the Teamster pilots gained a reputation of being a bunch of grumpy slackers. And when anyone who comes on FLIFO (which is probably like, 20 people), they see a bunch of trash talk which doesn't help that reputation.
Enemy as you put it or not, we still have to work with management which requires passion but also professionalism. I don't think all the pointless nicknames and insults is doing any good. Trash talk with each other all you want in the cockpit, but the internet is forever and in my opinion the negativity is a turn off to many people. Pissing off certain key players and making it personal is not going to help either. Just keep it professional is my suggestion.
First off -the Flexjet culture is history. All of this speculation really doesn't pile up to one hill of beans. These guys were never supporters, so I don't care if they feel turned off. This is the new reality and THEY need to wake up. If they don't get on board, that's ok, but they can no longer have any grounds to complain. Either they get on board or expect to get run over. Its their choice. I will not lessen my passion just because their feelings get hurt.