Save the Profession
- Jan 19, 2004
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So its ALPA fault that Prater was elected? First... who is Prater?Yes. Why? How did Prater get voted into office? During his campaign he painted a picture of a better future for pilots. He talked a big game and used words like "demand" when talking about getting the pilots their piece of the pie back in the form of pay and retirement. Well, here we are, he's still talking a big game...not much in the way of results in collective bargaining. Now he wants to focus on international, probably to keep you distracted from the fact that we can't even get our own affairs in order here in the country. ALPA reps have gone back on their words, and they have lost alot of loyalty.
Recall he didn't do external union work for years. So basically he was de-qualed... but elected.
Also, know the UAL deal. Is that ALPA's fault?
So really what you are looking for is electable and effective leaders. Is that ALPA's fault? What does one do when unqualified pilots run for election? Is "ALPA" responsible for putting up 'electable' leaders?
Work action? A strike? what kind of strike? Single carrier? nationwide? Specifics please...I suggest they take a different path to credibility: action. If work action is what it takes, then so be it.
I asked HOW it should be done... not necessarily what should be done. Respectfully, "take it up with" is pretty vague.Again, management. Take it up directly with management.
I am not talking about Euro A and B. Those pilots with thier own representation will deal with that. US ALPA has nothing to do with BALPA and the new carrier BA is calling 'open skies'. Just like we don't expect the british pilots to deal with the Usair/AWA merger.and how well will this go over when Euro Carrier A merges with Euro Carrier B and they run into their own seniority problem?
What I am talking about is the implementation of the US/EU open skies agreement between the US gov't and various EU countires. Labour was to be excluded all together... and ALPA, international fought hard to be included....? Without that inclusion we'd be royally screwed....
You are expecting ALPA to be something that it isn't. This is the way its been for 77 years. Why should it be any different cause you and I, 70 years since the first airline started, are now active line pilots? Should gov't and management change just cause we think they should? Because we had different expectations of how it would be when we were learning how to fly?