- Aug 24, 2002
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Dizel8 said:Oh no General, not going to be that easy for you. You now have an opportunity to "set the standard, do the right thing and raise the bar". You and DALPA have the opportunity to raise pay for all the people on the 170-195, the pilots at Comair,heck for all the regionals out there, so let see that bravado of yours in action!
As for not caring, the DAL boys still picking up over time, still allowing "contractors" on the property while people are on furlough? Yeah, I thought so!
As for what you do with your sister, I really do not care, but get it over with, it is getting really old!
Most of what you say is pure BS---and you know it. I think we will try to get Jetblue +$1, that should be really easy thanks to the Jetblue bus pilots who don't care. I think we could do that. Who couldn't? Well, you guys.
As far as overtime, yes--some take it---bit that actually saves the airline money. Inverse assignments cost more than greenslips---and also allows pilots who want to fly do it, instead of getting a guy on his last leg to do the trip. Hey, the trip will be flying regardless, and greenslips cost less. Would I like to bring back all of the furloughs? Yes. Why are they recalling only 10 a month on average? Probably because they don't want to furlough anyone twice when we park some 737-200s coming up here. Would you like to give up your intermediate job to come back and then go out again? You would? And those "contract pilots" are there because we allowed them only 24 hours notice to declare retirement. Can an airline prepare for that anyway? Nope. A guy could put in his papers and then take them out---resulting in large bids without retiring pilots. If we could give 120 days notice, that may allow the company time to put out an accurate bid. But, our contract gave that much flexibility---24 hours notice to retire. 18 777 Captains (out of 50 or so) retired on Sept 1st. We would have to cancel 30% of our lucrative 777 flights. That is why there is that program. Now that the retirements have pretty much stopped, the training department can get ramped up. Also, a lot of the retiring pilots were senior Line Check Airman, and you should know it takes awhile to get them trained and approved by the FAA. It is hard to train new pilots or recalled pilots when everyone else is in training to replace the leaving LCA.
And I use the sister analogy because it makes a point----you guys want to change a lot of rules that have been around forever. Most of them benefit you only, and in reality you don't see how changing them could hurt you. If you are Superman and can fly a NYC-LGB turn with bad weather on return or along the route---then good for you. Most cannot. How about you petition to change the INTL rules also----I can't wait for a two pilot flight from JFK to SVO (Moscow).
Bye Bye--General Lee