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SWA Pilots Picket outside DAL and MDW

DUBLINFLYER

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Pilots at Southwest Airlines picketed at the airline's hub at Love Field in Dallas on Wednesday and the shareholders meeting in MDW. The pilots are not on strike, but they're trying to draw attention to their demands for better contracts and the slow pace of negotiations. Pilots at Southwest have been in mediated talks with the airline for two years following two years of standard negotiations.

"During that time, executives have enjoyed nearly 50% in average raises, and shareholders have enjoyed nearly $6 billion in stock buybacks while Southwest pilot wages have been stagnant since 2011 and are well behind industry standard wages," said the union.
The union says average pay for its 8,400 captains and first officers at Southwest is about $180,000 a year. It is seeking pay raises totaling 32% through 2019, but it says part of that is to cover retroactive pay hikes back to 2012, when its last contract became open.
"We're not trying to kill the golden the goose," union president Jon Weaks told CNNMoney. "We just want a market rate contract."
Earlier this month, after a computer glitch grounded Southwest flights and caused more than 1,000 flights to be canceled, the pilots and three other major unions at the airline joined together to issue a call to replace top management at Southwest.
"This is about more than just one failure in the operation or a contract," said Weaks. "This is about the reputation of the company we love. After years of operational failures and a degradation of our culture that risks slowly eroding our loyal customer base, we must speak up and be catalysts for change."
The Southwest pickets follow picket lines at eight airports earlier this summer by pilots at Delta Air Lines. Delta pilots are due to be back on the picket lines Friday at Delta's headquarters in Atlanta. The pilots are seeking 37% pay hikes over the next three years.
"All other employees, shareholders and investors have benefited from Delta's success. Now it is the Delta pilots' time," said the union's statement.
 

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You know, we haven't heard from FI's resident dumbass union-hater, Maru, in a while, and I'm more than a little disappointed that we haven't had his input yet. Since he's apparently too busy, I'll go ahead and type out what Maru would say (and actually has said before) if he were here:
"SWAPA wants the respect and co-operation of these other groups in your attempts to use a non-union to gain better conditions. That's laughable but I suspect SWAPA leadership knows there's no way to win."

"You want your own in-house, so called, union while your buds in management happily destroy other companies with no respect for seniority."

"SWAPA needs outside support while stepping on the issues of other pilot groups."

"It amazes me that you think any other pilot group should respect yours"

So I guess all those American, Delta and United pilots walking the picket line with us in Dallas were just imaginary. Let's see, what else....

We're going to "fail the IQ test," and "learn a lesson we'll never forget."

"outhwest will eventually suffer a downturn and furlough possibly in conjunction with labor problems. Just remember, your [sic] all alone there."

Well, that all sucks. Don't get too hyped about a deal, Old School: Maru is sure it'll never happen. As it turns out, apparently we're all alone, our leadership knows there's no way to win, nobody respects us, we've "failed the IQ test, and we're surely going to learn a lesson. Oh yeah, we're going to furlough because of labor problems.

Too bad Maru isn't here to point this out himself. Nobody can blather like him in his own special style.

Bubba
 

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Any word on what the TA contains?
 

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15% snap up. 12% B fund (increases to 15% in 2018). No more cap on profit sharing. Retro 3% 9/13-10/14, 4% 10/14-9/15, 4% 10/15-9/16. Pay rates take affect 9/31. 12% b fund for 2016. Section 1.... Have to wait to see the language
 

PCL_128

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Glad they got you the B fund. I'm surprised they were able to get it that high to start. Not a bad job for SWAPA.
 

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Don't sweat it bubba, if you actually strike you'll be able to post every day while waiting on the unemployment check.
 
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