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waveflyer

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Regional Pilots Plan Sick Out: September 1-5, 2014


Over 20,000 regional airline pilots might be calling in sick on their flights between September 1-5, 2014 to send a strong message to the airline and travel industry. With most major carriers using regional airlines to grow their networks and fly routes not suites for larges planes, if this movement is carried out successfully, airports will be a mess nationwide.

The website organizing the movement boasts a lot of information such as pay scale comparisons, numbers reporting the pilot shortage, the ?1500″ hour, and information on the Railway Labor Act and sends this message:

The purpose of this is not to bankrupt our employers, but to simply send a message. Some of our mainline partners have been posting record profits while we flounder in an endless sea of nothing. Uncertain futures are on the horizon and non-existent calls for a greener pasture. We need to send a message that we are unified and will do what it takes to keep moving forward.

We are in short supply and not easily replaceable. Pilots need to realize that. We are professional airline pilots and need to start earning a wage in line with a professional airline pilot.

They?re hoping regional pilots across the nation will stand together:

Many pilots will not call in sick mid-trip fear of disrupting their fellow crew members and a phone call from the chief pilot. But most of us have no qualms about calling in sick before the trip starts. That is EXACTLY what this effort is.

If your trip(s) start on September 1st through September 5th CALL OUT!

Evaluate your mental and/or physical well-being. Schedule your much needed dental checkup, get that nasty mole checked out or simply go to a walk-in. Inform your doctor of your symptoms and get a note. Turn that note in when you come back.

We need to stand together and show management, ALPA, the RAA and the flying public that if things do not change, we will make them change.

Will they fire one or two pilots for individually staging a job action? Yes.

Will they fire 20,000 Regional Airline Pilots that stood together in an unprecedented way and made U.S. airline history? Not a chance!
 

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Don't see it happening anywhere near a big event. Handful maybe. Not that I don't agree with the reasons for the call though.
 

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I just hope that the regional pilots have the guts to do it. I mean look a the big cojones of the majors pilots! Nothin...
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I don't think they will get the participation they want. It will be interesting. I don't believe anyone who doesn't take part will be labeled a scab as this in not a legal strike.
 

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Are you effectively then a scab, if you don't?

No. You're an idiot if you do participate, though. So goodbye to your job.
 

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GogglesPisano

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And in the end, "I'm Spartacus!"
 

PCL_128

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I'm sure ALPA would use it's top notch attorneys to fight a pilot unjustly fired.

A pilot who engages in an unlawful job action is not "unjustly" fired.
 

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Please stop using the word "SCAB" the wrong way. A scab is someone who crosses an active picket line. Please don't use it any other way, thanks.
 

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I'd love to see my Regional friends get a better deal, but I'm not sure taking a shotgun to your foot is the best way to get there.
 

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It seems that American pilots staged a massive sick out for over 10 days in 1999. How many of them were fired?

You're asking the wrong question. There are MANY possible negative outcomes to an illegal job action. Termination is only one. Fines that cripple your union is another. And bad case law that cripples your union is yet another. And that's the one that resulted from the APA case you reference. We've been severely restricted in what we've been able to do because of the case law that followed that stupid decision, and more and more bad case law has compounded as a result of it being referenced by many more judges.

Don't be an idiot. Breaking the law will not get you what you want.
 
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