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EagleRJ

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It's official. Let the games begin.

Best of luck everyone!

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EagleRJ said:
It's official. Let the games begin.

Best of luck everyone!

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Oh boy...they are my prefered airline to ride on. I don't blame the mechanics, I just hope it turns out well.
 

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Commuted back in from detroit last nite. NWA rebooked alot of people on Delta last nite and also had canceled a good number of flights today by 9pm last nite.

Apparently many of the lavatory trucks mysteriously broke at DTW last nite and they only had one that worked delaying some flights also.
 

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I for one won't be flying on Northwest as long as the mechanics are on strike. My family won't be, either.They're expecting their scab mechanics to be able to walk in and pick up where their 20-year-experience mechanics left off. That just ain't going to happen! Just because you have an A&P doesn't mean you'll be able to just walk on and keep NW's fleet up and running. I'm sure there will be numerous problems with half-fixed aircraft being rushed back into service.

I expect that as more and more aircraft are written up, the cancellations will grow until the company's schedule eventually grinds to a halt. Before it does however, the planes will not be as airworthy as they were before the strike began.
 

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EagleRJ said:
They're expecting their scab mechanics to be able to walk in and pick up where their 20-year-experience mechanics left off. That just ain't going to happen! Just because you have an A&P doesn't mean you'll be able to just walk on and keep NW's fleet up and running. I'm sure there will be numerous problems with half-fixed aircraft being rushed back into service.
That's what they were saying on cnn or fox yesterday, when they had two analysts on.

I would imagine that a large fleet of planes and all the documentation, would require a little getting to know you time.

I would also imagine the pilots are doing their best to insure prompt write ups as well.
 

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Here's an interview of a former scab A&P who describes the training NWA provides as "inadequate".

http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_231094247.html

No impact on safety? Bull.
I know it's not aviation related, but it is union related. I worked at a papermill where there was a short strike...it was never the same there after that. I think the mill had been in operation without a strike for over 70 or 80 years.

I would assume the case will be the same at NWA...especially if this thing lasts longer than just the weekend.
 

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Eastern Flashback...... Hope it works out better this time.
 

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Yeah, it really too bad that most of the scabs are furloughed UAL, NWA, and others... Freshly minted A&P's???? Nope, not even close... New to "heavies" and other various airliners.... Again, that's a big 'ole nope.

Safety is NOT an issue... Biggest question is if they have the man power to sustain this over any amount of time.
 

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Working Stiff has it right these Scabs are all former UAL, NWA, and laid off Boeing mechanics, They are truley the cream of the crap! Safety should not be an issue, but there morales sure do stink!
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Workin'Stiff said:
Yeah, it really too bad that most of the scabs are furloughed UAL, NWA, and others... Freshly minted A&P's???? Nope, not even close... New to "heavies" and other various airliners.... Again, that's a big 'ole nope.

Safety is NOT an issue... Biggest question is if they have the man power to sustain this over any amount of time.
I would never cross a pilot picket line, but since I have spent a considerable amount of time around "trades" people, I most certainly wouldn't want to cross that picket line.

Those guys can be quite crafty.
 

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Anyone know how many scabs NWA was able to get, vs. how many mechanics walked out?

Even if they're experienced on transport-category equipment, there are bound to be problems getting them used to NWA's computer system and recordkeeping. There are numerous things that will slow the newbies down. There's no way NWA can maintain the current schedule with scab mechanics unless there's twice as many of them.
 

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FN FAL said:
I would never cross a pilot picket line, but since I have spent a considerable amount of time around "trades" people, I most certainly wouldn't want to cross that picket line.

Those guys can be quite crafty.

I was asked by my employer to cross a picket line, only once. Local power company workers were striking, they had pretty much shut down the plant. I was asked to cross their line and repair some piece of computer diagnostics equipment so that the scabs replacing the strikers could get some plant system working again. I refused - The strikers in question had already attacked some truckers who crossed the line to deliver supplies. They told me I would get a disciplinary write-up for refusing to take the call. I told them to have fun with the paperwork, I wasn't going. They sent one of my co-workers instead. Not only did he fail to get the system repaired (it was too badly broken and needed replaced) he got a rock thrown through his windshield and "lost" some of his tools. (Stolen from inside the plant! Hrm...)

The write-up I was threatened with never happened. It is now company policy that we will not cross anyone's picket line for any reason.
 
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