Winner winner chicken dinner.
Yet another card played in his union busting playbook. He (through his management stooges) is attempting to force a mediocre outcome from arbitration with the argument everything can be shored up and improved during section 6; all the while knowing this union will be voted out/decertified with anything less than across the board broad improvements.
I certainly hope the union is able to help the arbitrator understand any attempts he thinks he is making toward "reason" and "stability" toward the "goal" of negotiating improvements during section 6 is a play right from Ricci's own union busting schema. I do not think it is an overstatement to say we need to get this arbritrator to understand he holds the power to either redefine aviation unions everywhere (by doing too little) or stabilize our sector of the industry for years to come by giving us the contract we deserve now. Right freaking now.
Otherwise, this whole thing is farce and a big flipping joke. And pilots will serve as both the punchline and the punch bag.
Once again you were right. Talk from the office is "for us to be able to afford the PIC pay, the SIC pay raise has to be little or nothing." Right from Tricky Ricci's playbook. Have a small percentage of highly paid individuals, and under compensate the "trapped employees" and the low time pilots that just want to build time and move on. Unfortunately, that makes a lot of us expendable.
So, is it after this final arbitration that the 30-day cooling off period starts? We at TMC are just a few steps behind you guys and I'm interested to see how this plays out...