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Discussion in 'American Airlines' started by Eagle, Jan 5, 2015.
It's a new year. Have at it.
Ok, I'll get it started with a golden oldie. For auld lang syne.
I'd gently suggest a modicum of caution greet us this new year dariencc, lest the "battle" tested and "valor" saturated "knights" of "sparta" again directly ask the CEO how best to "turn in" any of their "fellow pilots" they've ever a beef or disagreement with.
A belated Happy New Year to you and yours sir!
Dear PHL Pilots,
The APA board met last week to address the company’s Dec. 23, 2014, JCBA proposal. After two days of debate, the BOD voted 18-4 (PHL voted yes) to approve in principle the company’s Dec. 23 proposal and to ballot the membership after an agreement on final language.
Day 1 was mostly spent working on strategy for how to approach management’s latest “take it or leave it” offer. While there are several things less than satisfactory in the proposal, the BOD was unanimous in their focus on improving the pitiful 11-hour three-day pairings, and we will acknowledge we were extremely pleased with the tenor of the meeting and the way the board came together in an attempt to address this important issue. The result was a vote (18-4) that we were willing to forego membership ratification, with an immediate board approval (contingent upon acceptance of final contract language), if the company agreed to address the 11-hour three-day problem.
And it wouldn’t have required much on their part. What the BOD proposed was based on the West’s “long-rate rig,” something that not only has been used in PHX for the entire duration of their current contract but also was already agreed to by this same management team in joint East-West negotiations. As such, we had every expectation that this would be acceptable to management. Furthermore, we believed that by proposing one very important QOL issue in return for immediate BOD ratification, we were not only being reasonable but also providing the company with an opportunity to finally put their oft-touted “new corporate culture” on display.
Unfortunately, and true to their history, the company just said no and refused to offer any alternate solution to remedy this significant QOL problem. They said their analysis showed the additional rig to be too costly and completely disregarded our own cost analysis as well as the fact that we showed them where they lacked understanding of their own West contract language. Scott Kirby also accused APA of changing the West language in our proposal, and while we’re not sure who is advising him, our proposed language was a direct lift from the West contract posted on Wings. The only thing altered was the 24-hour minimum duty break threshold that we lowered to 22 hours. This was done to capture certain pairings that would not have been covered by the new rig. However, this difference was not what Scott Kirby was referring to, and it was clearly explained to him by APA President Keith Wilson so he understood there was a change (24 hour break to 22 hour break) and, more importantly, why it was necessary. The bottom line was simple and abundantly reasonable: Pay us for three days when we are on a three-day trip.
But they refused, and to justify it, the company misleadingly “costed” our proposal based only on how the current pairings would trigger the new rig. Even more troubling, they acknowledge that the pairing optimizer would have “optimized around” the rig, resulting in different looking parings (more four-days, for example) — which would lower the cost of this QOL benefit — but they wouldn’t take that cost out of the analysis they cited in their refusal. It’s all very typical, very predictable behavior from this management and is sadly familiar to LUS pilots. On one hand, they are proud to tell everyone they run the largest, most profitable airline on the globe, and on the other, they refuse to compensate their pilots for their extended down time spent at hotels like they did for America West pilots in 2004 and continue to do today. Same management, unspeakably huge profits, but insistent on making you spend time away from family uncompensated.
Unlike Delta management, which apparently understands the benefit of addressing pilot concerns even if it has an adverse effect on the bottom line (last week, Delta management agreed to not outsource pilot jobs to partner Virgin), US Airways management just doesn’t have it in them to address our issues if it costs the company any amount of money. While we don’t know how much this recently negotiated job guarantee at Delta costs, we are willing to bet it is significantly greater than the cost of the rig to pay us three days for three days on the job.
It would have gone a long way in building a better relationship if Scott Kirby contacted APA and said something like, “I understand this is an important issue to pilots, and it’s just plain wrong for management to require pilots to work three days and get paid for only two. I know it’s going to result in higher costs, but I’m the president of the largest, most profitable airline in the world, and I’m going to do the right thing treat my pilots as such, value the time they spend away from their families, and agree to this new rig.” Instead, Scott Kirby chose to simply say no.
Scott, please reconsider your decision, it will go a long way in building a better relationship.
So, back in the real world, faced with management’s familiar “just say no” mentality, as well as an arbitrary deadline, the BOD had to decide whether to accept the original company offer and send it out for a membership vote after reviewing the final language or to say no thanks.
As you know, the company put two conditions on retro pay back to Dec. 2. One was acceptance by the board before Jan. 3, and the other was to have the unrealistic Jan. 19 pilot vote deadline. We were advised by APA President Keith Wilson that these dates were selected by management to ensure the voting will be completed before both the American and Delta 2014 annual financial results, which are expected to be extremely positive. In the end, the board did agree in principle to accept the Dec. 23 proposal. It will be sent to the pilots for a vote after BOD approval of the final language, which will be completed this week.
We believe Management still has an opportunity for a much improved culture. During a recent update we asked whether the company wanted 15,000 problem solvers or 15,000 pilots saying “solve your own problems.” We believe if management reconsidering its decision and adopts the proposed long rate rig it will go a long way in attaining 15,000 problem solvers and truly position American Airlines much closer to “Great”.
Road shows are tentatively scheduled during the weeks of Jan. 12 and 19. Look for details later this week.
As you can imagine, the last several weeks have been time-consuming and demanding. Please understand that we read/listen to all of your emails, Sound Offs and VM’s. Just because we haven’t responded to all of them doesn’t mean we don’t take your opinions seriously because we certainly do.
Thanks for the continued support.
Paul DiOrio and Paul Music
To view this email on the APA Website, please go here:
"Road shows are tentatively scheduled during the weeks of Jan. 12 and 19. Look for details later this week"
Be fair here. After all, I can't imagine that purple wigs, boas and tutus aren't expensive. Those, especially of such clearly fine quality, have gotta' come from some kinda' specialty, niche market (that I don't even want to imagine) and someone has to pay for such astounding beauty...just sayin'....
Gotta love the guy in the video David Arnett...Moved to Australia just FIVE years ago from LA and already he has an Australian accent..Imagine that! At his age getting an accent that quick.
Point taken. On that note, we should remind ourselves where the "most dangerous flying in the world" takes place, and it has nothing to do with actual combat operations. While viewing the linked video, please remember to remove your cover.
Silence and respect.
I now stand at respectful Attention, both chagrined and in proper awe. Those "spartans" are indeed, nothing short of amazing. What else could truly be said? Heck!...Someday, well, only if I ever really get my nerve up enough for some serious "adventure",... I might even gather up sufficient "valor" to maybe even go into a baro chamber alongside the AWAsome "cap'n aux"!
Disclaimer: That last might first require donning a "Dire Wolf" T-shirt, of course...or at least an "Integrity Matters" one. I certainly wouldn't wish to disrespect any who've done the "most dangerous flying in the world", after all.
Got some skinny on the DFW meet today.
Feel just a tad optimistic that the majority might correctly vote NO now.
Around 450 attended for a 300 capacity room.
Initially the feeling was the room slightly favored a yes vote.
By meeting end the yes voters seemed to be few.
Bravo dfw brothers/sisters!!
Bottom line viewpoint.......11 or so months of additional W2 were completely inadequate to compensate for this joke of an offer.
Methinks this APA BOD finally realized who they slipped in bed with.
Now to get the East on board........all I can do is hope.
East vote doesn't matter if the AA guys all vote no.
I'm leaning toward not voting at all.
50% + 1 no votes sends an entirely different message to DP and gangsters than 75% no vote.
Hope you see the difference.
For once in your pathetic life vote no on this one. Do not vote yes and walk around the crew lounge with the mantra of "I did not vote for this piece of less than desirable impersonation of a human void.", when you in fact did.
After voting no, just accomplish what is in your job description, nothing else. Also the results will be published by base, whats in your intestinal fortitude.
Let the company management enjoy their fleeting bonuses.
Delta plus 7 percent should include other contract items besides pay.
As much as I would like to see the raise, I am ticked over Kirby's response to a VERY reasonable request for calendar day. 11 hour 3 day trips are ridiculous. My firm YES vote is now NO. It's become a matter of principal for me at this point.
"Road Shows" in the year 2015 are stupid and wasteful of time and dues money.
Put the inevitable PowerPoint online, with narration. Then schedule multiple "conference call" sessions for Q&A so that EVERY pilot can participate, not just those who happen to live in base and also happen to be not flying the day of the wasteful "Road Shows."
"Road Shows" are as outdated as a DC-3. (Sorry about the MC and BOD members hotel points which they won't "earn.")
Right now, only the west pilot contract addresses that pay for an extra calendar day. LAA and LUSeast have functioned quite well for decades without it, and there have only been sporadic grumblings on the east about this issue over the years. Now, suddenly, it's a deal breaker?
Speaking for LUSeast, those types of trips are few and far between on the domestic side. It is detrimental to the company to schedule those trips on a regular basis because it would equire hiring more pilots to fly such inefficient trips. We see them sometimes on weekends and holidays.
If LAA has a lot of those trips, it's merely an archaic scheduling practice...a holdover from decades past. They need to get Chip Mayer in there to tweak their software programs, and the need for this sudden "deal breaker" will disappear.
Oh...that's right...he is already working in that department.
So, now we're talking about walking away from a huge pay raise over a problem that will likely go away with a bit of modern technology in the IT Department.
Letting this "deal breaker" slip through would really only affect the LUSwest pilots. Do you really think the company can afford to hire the pilots needed to have a lot of their staffing out there flying 21 days to get 71 hours of pay? I wonder how many more pilots wuld need to be hired if the "sky is falling down" crowd is right and 11-hour 3-day trips became the norm?
One final note: If we demand that calendar day pay in arbitration, and it is not already in the Green Book (which it is not,) who do you think will pay for that? The arbtiration is cost neutral. All the goodies the pilots are screaming about that are missing from the proposals will come out of OUR pockets in one form or another. That's the danger of a cost-neutral arbitration: Our current pay rates will go DOWN, as will 401K contributions and possible LTD benefits.