You can't change direction without first having a broad consensus that change is needed. Which makes simply changing the leadership at the top nothing more than a panacea. Scope errosion did not start with Lee Moak and LOA 51, it's been going on for years under various MECs.And yet Moak keeps giving more of out captain jobs away. When will it stop? We need new leadership in ALPA.
What we really need to do is to stop sweeping the effects of scope under the rug. Maybe in the early years there wasn't enough information to draw a fair conclusion on the effects outsourcing flying has on mainline jobs. Some MEC Chairman even claimed that outsourcing to RJs actually increased mainline flying and made Delta a more profitable company which could sustain higher wages. However we have much more information available today, much of which refutes those early claims.
During the SLI hearing DALPA was correct to point out that the DC-9 were being replaced by the 76 seaters. From July 2008 to November of the same year DC-9 flying dropped 32% at NWA, while E75 and CR9 flying increased by the same amount. If we looked at the top 75 markets at the time DC-9 flying was reduced by 650 filghts with RJ flying increasing by 750 flights. As Robert Mann testified, "these, are essentially mirror images of each other; " making it quite clear to all that the E75 and CR9 are replacement aircraft for an entire fleet of mainline aircraft. Yet we don't hear this from the MEC today, instead what you will probably hear is the same old tired rationale that there is no way you can prove that those 650 flights wouldn't have disappeared on their own, even without the E75 and CR9. I call BS. BTW DAL N guys, I'm not picking on you, it's just an example, some of us on the southside have already seen it play out here, our 737-200/300 fleet gone, replaced by the 70 seater.
If you want to change scope at DAL, what we really need over the next three years is leadership that is committed to exposing the facts on scope to the membership, not sweep it under the rug so that it doesn't interfere with whatever other agenda they're interested in at the time.