What do you guys/gals think the merged contract will be like. Atlas has better pay and Polar has better quality of life. Will the new deal be the best of both? Atlas pay, Polar days off and home basing for everyone!!!!!!! Just curious what is going to happen. Will the Polar folks have a new contract prior to the merger?
Thanks Whalerider. I guess I was wondering when that 11th hour might be? As a FNG about to start training, just a little nervous waiting for everything to shake out. Don't get me wrong I know it is a necessary part of the negotiation process. Just don't want to stay on the street much longer.
I understand your concerns Long Thrust. I just didn't want to paint a rosy picture that won't be true. My opinion, If there is a strike its going to be a short one. Now what happens after that is the bigger question. It will go one of two ways: the strike will either end good for us all or bad.
Crews aren't talking about it on the flightline. Which is probably the reason why you're not getting too many posts on this thread.
We just received "negotiations update # 31" which being that it is the 31st update should indicate we have been in negotiations for quite some time - almost 3 three years. The Union/Company will meet with the NMB on 8/12 - after which we expect to get released into our 30 day cooling off period. We hope to set a strike date around - you guessed it - the busiest time of the year. I can speculate either September or October.
The strike vote is in. 99.23% voted in favor which is also 258/260. Also, over 90% of eligible members voted. Good turn out and excellent support.
Of course no one really thinks we will strike. Our position is that we are the lowest paid 747 plots in the world and all we are really looking for is pay consistent with our Atlas brothers and sisters.
Management continues to play the old school game of hard-nosed, knock-down negotiations tactics. Jimmy Hoffa era type stuff. They just don't get it. Don't want to give a guy an honest days pay for an honest days work.
In the end it will all work out. A strike of any duration will cripple Atlas. Keep in mind that Polar is not being merged into Atlas but rather Atlas is being merged into Polar. Polar is where the value is corporate wide so I think a strike is highly unlikely given the demands of the crewmembers is not all that unreasonable.
Back in 1999 the strike lasted a whole 15 minutes before the company caved. Crews were flying planes to the desert, sit there for 2 hours, and then turned around flew the whales back to the line. I imagine a similar deal this time around.
I heard about the last strike...interesting story.
Hope it works out well for you guys and gals. Thought that I was going to get an interview but alas...I've only managed to get one since the bad day. Seems that Jetpig time doesn't count for what it once did...