ALPA MEC Speaks

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On 1/21/2003 8:37:37 PM chipmunn wrote:

The US Airways ALPA MEC has told Dave Siegel "give us what you promised or go pound sand&quot.
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That great, everyone else gives up a lot and the whinny pilots are going to F*** the rest of the employees. You guys should go on strike. There are a lot of furloughed pilots who would love to get back to work.
 
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The US Airways ALPA MEC has told Dave Siegel give us what you promised or go pound sand. All 12 members feel very strong about this point and the MEC is waiting for Siegel's response.
It is my understanding to terminate the pension plan, the company must seek a S.1113 motion, which will terminate the entire contract. At this point the pilots can strike and there are discussions in place to activate the Strike Preparedness and Family Awareness Committee.
Tonight in a code-a-phone udpate ALPA spokesman Roy Freundlich said, On Thursday, January 23, the Retirement and Insurance Committee, Negotiating Committee, MEC officers and Communications Committee will be conducting an internal meeting with ALPA and MEC professional and legal advisors at the ALPA offices in Herndon. MEC Chairman Bill Pollock has scheduled the meeting to coordinate pension plan issues and MEC contingency strategies. The MEC is anticipating a special meeting on pension issues in early February.
As I have said before, it is in the best interest of everybody associated with US Airways to find a legislative solution to this problem.
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The Company cannot train enough pilots fast enough to save the airline with only about $500 million cash on hand before a liquidation will occur. In addition, the company cannot get access to further financing until after emerging and the GECAS DIP financing is also at risk.

To complicate matters if a strike is announced during a cooling off period, passengers would book away from the airline and the war with Iraq is pending.

In regard to training pilots, it takes about two months to do so and the airline does not have the resources to conduct massive pilot training quickly. For comparison purposes, US Airways would like to put the B737 on the Shuttle, but elected to not do so because pilot training would be to expensive for only 15 aircraft.

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To bad domestic airlines are not hiring pilots because the international carriers are.

Chip
 
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