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Special Magenta Line September 6, 2009

CAL EWR B737

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Today is Sunday, September 6, 2009 and this is a Special Edition of The Magenta Line. There is 1 item for discussion.





Item 1: Note to Management: If You Lie Down With Dogs…



In a devastating article appearing in today’s Buffalo News, the management of Colgan Air, the operator of Continental Connection 3407 which crashed in Buffalo on February 12th of this year, has been unmasked as a strong proponent of the “beatings will continue until morale improves” philosophy of airline operation.



While many of us are well aware of just what our fellow ALPA pilots at Colgan have been dealing with the past few years, it is because of our relationship with them as a Continental Connection carrier that what is done to them is done to us as well—and to our customers.



The article in The Buffalo News reads like a recounting of third-world sweatshop working conditions: the professional pilots of Colgan Air are harangued for their use of sick leave, threatened with termination for too many sick calls within a year, forced to provide doctors notes for routine illnesses—and browbeaten into flying tired; and sick and tired are exactly what Captain Marvin Renslow and First Officer Rebecca Shaw were before they left Newark for Buffalo last February 12th.



The Buffalo accident put Continental Airlines management at a crossroads—the warning sign said “Cliff Ahead! Turn Now!”, but our management has continued to drive straight ahead anyway. As management has shown us over and over, their sole concern is the bottom line—but, as is often the case, the bottom line has sharp teeth—and it can bite.



We, the professional pilots of Continental Airlines, have watched the former quality of our Continental Airlines brand disappear—just as our own mainline flying has disappeared to a multitude of Continental Connection “partners” like Gulfstream International. With each new downgrade, the managements we dealt with became seedier and seedier. We ate breakfast at Tiffany’s, lunch at Burger King, and dinner at the rescue mission. The only constant in this uncontrolled descent was the professionalism of the pilots of our Connection partners. Regardless of the ruthlessness of their respective management teams, the pilots, no matter the airline, were the one bright constant. We all, from Continental to Colgan, meet the same high standards; it’s management who feeds at ever-lower bottoms of the trough.



The Buffalo News article can be found here:

http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/786380.html



Colgan pilots say many felt pressure to work while ill



While you read it, think about what is happening in our own Newark pilot base: we have been cut to about 1800 pilots—but management is adding 2 additional assistant chief pilots. Anyone want to guess why management needs more assistant disciplinarians for fewer pilots? Looks to us like they plan on continuing the beatings.





As we close this week, please remember our 147 hostages and their families.





Captain Jayson Baron, EWR Council 170 Chairman

jayson.baron@alpa.org

610 442-3817



First Officer Tara Cook, EWR Council 170 Vice Chairman

tara.cook@alpa.org

610 220-8904



Captain Kaye Riggs, EWR Council 170 Secretary-Treasurer

kaye.riggs@alpa.org

830 431-0450
 

SFR

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Here here to the hostages, we will get you back soon!
 

Booker

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Bravo guys. I'm continually impressed with your messages.
 

SFR

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Bravo guys. I'm continually impressed with your messages.


What is there to be impressed with? Anyone could have written that... it is obvious statements...
 

Hypoxik

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Because, it's great to see the next generation of CAL pilots showing that they have balls!
We appreciate the fight guys!
FUPM!
 

SFR

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Yeah, because since the magenta line has come out my QOL has improved dramatically......NOT!!!

Get real.....
 

EWR_FO

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Yeah, because since the magenta line has come out my QOL has improved dramatically......NOT!!!

Get real.....

if the knee walkers and boot lickers in IAH weren't such spineless pussies maybe things would change sooner. Somehow I get the feeling that you aren't interested in helping either.
 

nimtz

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Yeah, because since the magenta line has come out my QOL has improved dramatically......NOT!!!

Get real.....

Dude you're sitting by the pool drinking while getting paid reserve! Come on you live in the cultural capital of this fine United States. And don't even get me started about the millions you are going to make in the lucrative Southeast Tejas property bonanza!

Gotta admit a lot of people would love to be you! See that's the real problem, you always want more when you should just be happy a CAL scheduler will refer to you First Officer Roth!
 

SFR

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Dude you're sitting by the pool drinking while getting paid reserve! Come on you live in the cultural capital of this fine United States. And don't even get me started about the millions you are going to make in the lucrative Southeast Tejas property bonanza!

Gotta admit a lot of people would love to be you! See that's the real problem, you always want more when you should just be happy a CAL scheduler will refer to you First Officer Roth!


Why do they call me First Officer Roth? I don't really like that. I wish they would call me Sean.....I don't like it when people call me Mr. Roth, or stuff like that.

I bet that was a rule from way back when pilots needed an ego boost or something.
 

Dewey Oxberger

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Yeah, because since the magenta line has come out my QOL has improved dramatically......NOT!!!

Get real.....

If you want to greatly improve the contract we work under voting for team BSE in the upcoming LEC election is a good way to start. FUPM!!!
 
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