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    Southwest to hire 8,000 new hires in 2023

    WN had already announced plans to hire 2000 pilots in 2023, so 8000 in total sounds like normal attrition to me. Last month, they were saying they were having trouble filling the 1200 pilots needed for this year.
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    Railroad Union Strike Threat Kneecapped by Biden

    Negotiations will cost the same regardless of the members. I already said grievances shouldn't be covered for non-members, but even there, the union usually has someone available being paid so it is a sunk cost regardless who is doing the work. You're making a mountain out of a molehill on...
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    Railroad Union Strike Threat Kneecapped by Biden

    Yeah, proves you don't read what others post. Their strike was illegal. They walked off the job. There was no framework for an imposed settlement. GOP doesn't need to pander to the 7%... Union members flourished along with everyone else under Trump because the economy was sound, pensions...
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    Railroad Union Strike Threat Kneecapped by Biden

    It doesn't cost the union any more to represent 50% or 100% of the workers in a benefits/wages negotiation. In a truly fair world, non members should be able to negotiate on their own with the company for wages. Benefits get trickier but I have no problem with non union members being locked...
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    Railroad Union Strike Threat Kneecapped by Biden

    Vette, the difference here is that Biden ran as a 'Friend of Labor' which we all know hasn't actually been the case for the Democrats in a long time. Yes, other Administrations have followed out the rla to the end including an imposed agreement. But those other Administrations didn't...
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    Railroad Union Strike Threat Kneecapped by Biden

    Looks like Amtrak Joe is about to screw over the unions collective bargaining power. Statement from President Joe Biden on Averting a Rail Shutdown https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/11/28/statement-from-president-joe-biden-on-averting-a-rail-shutdown/
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    Frontier one of the 6 airlines fined and forced to refund

    Well, refunds are never reported as a separate charge. Even if they're a year late, the math doesn't change: Sales - Refunds = Revenue Some people very close to at least one side of this "investigation" have shared enough with me privately that I'll stick with my earlier opinion...
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    DOJ's case against JetBlue and AA NEA starts next week

    Dunno. I knew Rob Britton when we were both at AA. He nailed the DOJs case as being nothing more than a thought crime. Speculation isn't guilt in most of America.
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    Mid term blow out?

    Nancy Pelosi lost the House twice. That's a new record. I'm fine with the Senate at 50-50 or even 49-51 as long as Manchin and Sinema are still around. Manchin needs to continue to be a moderate if he has any chance at re-election in 2024. He'd be better off declaring himself an Independent...
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    Frontier one of the 6 airlines fined and forced to refund

    Nah, my gut was right. Those refunds were already paid out in 2020 and 2021. The whole story is a nothing burger of financial impact and double-speak. My guess is Mayor Pete smells blood in the water with his boss's ability to run in 2024 and this was just a way to try and look important and...
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    Frontier one of the 6 airlines fined and forced to refund

    Please. You're stuck on the headline.... which sounds about as sensational as a DOT seeking to look good to low-information voters would want it to be. This is a non-event. Nobody typically cares about the accounting details, but hey, I'll dive into that rabbit hole for you. F9 appears to...
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    JetBlue Jumps In With premium Offer For Spirit

    If Southwest could clean up the messes that AirTran left, I'm sure JetBlue is capable of cleaning up Spirit's. The nice thing about Spirit is that they have such high turnover rates, the bad apples probably won't stick around.
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    AMFA @ Alaska completes wage review and bumps pay scale % up 11.5% each step

    Keep your heads in the sand all you want. Chest thumping about your contract doesn't change all those outside factors which lead to outsourcing in the first place.
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    AMFA @ Alaska completes wage review and bumps pay scale % up 11.5% each step

    You can make assumptions about who I work for and what they're doing, but it really has no bearing nor is part of the discussion. What I'm talking about is an ongoing industry shift. In the past 20 years, MCI, DLH, AFW, MSP, MEM, OAK, IND and for all intents & purposes PIT now have all...
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    Mid term blow out?

    His ego wins either way, but the donors will not be there this time around, which is ultimately what decides things anymore. The money he's sitting on right now wouldn't last into a primary. He's got less than $100M and will probably still spend a bunch of that in Georgia to try and save face...
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    AMFA @ Alaska completes wage review and bumps pay scale % up 11.5% each step

    It's great to try and cherry pick statistics to beat up AMFA, but 30 years ago there was no Outsourcing whatsoever for IAM or TWU represented airlines. Today every one major outsources overhaul, so who is to blame for that? Personal opinion only, but it won't surprise me to see WN, AA and UA...
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    Mid term blow out?

    Trump vs Desantis in a primary might split off a few hardcore zealots, but it won't split the party. There's no question the overall temperature around Trump chilled quite a bit Tuesday night. A wave would have been viewed as more of a mandate. It wasn't there, and he won't want to risk losing...
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    Mid term blow out?

    There were some suburban races I was watching that had less than half the margin than they did two years ago e.g. a 2 point win vs an 15+ Biden advantage in 2020. Definitely not the wave people expected, but the landslide in Florida sure caught people off guard.
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    Dallas Love Field Expansion?

    I think it's reasonable to expect McKinney/KTKI to evolve like Paine Field in the SEA area has -- a few flights. They'll need to extend the runways -- 7,000 ft is good enough for E170's, but just above the minimums for for a larger single-aisle aircraft like an A320 or B737. I'm more...
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    Busy couple of months for AMFA Organization's

    You're posting 2-3 times for everything I respond with, so I'd say you're the one whipped up into a frenzy. Wasn't fired, wasn't laid off, wasn't replaced. Doubled my compensation by leaving, and still quite happily employed by a profitable airline. Do keep trying, though.