I hate to be a downer but I would follow C425's advice. You could seriously make more money driving UPS vans around for the next ten years than if Skywest had hired you. Also the pot of gold at the end of the aviation rainbow got replaced with a kick in the nuts.
But I have another theory: It is the rainbow stands for your long aviation career and the pot of gold is really a pot of gold foil wrapped condoms for the BOHICA you get when your retirement is stolen from you.
We are not hearing much. There was a survey taken immediately after the vote closed as to what we didn't like. SAPA is supposedly meeting with SGU here soon to discuss the results. That's about all we have right now.
The survey results of the vote indicated that the majority were not happy with the pay increase amount, which was 1.2%. Since the time Skywest managment offered the increase Delta decreased flight hours at Skywest, Comair's fuloughing pilots and looking at substantial consessions, and Mesaba went 11.
So I'm thinking there will be no more negotiating, management is thinking there will be an ALPA drive soon anyway. Besides management feels the 6% MBIP bonus the employees have recieved is a pretty good increase in light of this industry.
Necessary most of the time with our current environment with managment. Our managment would be 10 times as bad if we didn't have a union to grieve all the violations of our contract that happen. Yeah they win some and lose some but that's how the process works. At least there is a process here cause I would hate to see what it would be like without ALPA. Some people think managment would turn into our best friend if we got rid of ALPA but I don't believe it. I would like to see the kind of relationship the pilot group and managment had when I started working here in 2000. Not the childish lack of respect environment we have now on both sides.