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Dea Certe

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Let's not forget Mike Schwab and that genius Randy Maitlin

Excellent post, and welcome to USAviation.com!
 
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[P align=center][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Assign the Blame Where it Belongs[/FONT][/SPAN][BR][/P][SPAN][FONT color=#000000][/FONT][/SPAN]
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[DIV align=left][BR][BR][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]As we face a difficult time at US Airways due to their financial condition, all I hear is take from this classification not from me.[SPAN] [/SPAN]We as union members need to use this situation as a time to unify and not throw stones at each other saying, “This person makes too much, take from them not me!†or “That group should not be with us or do that particular job!â€[SPAN] [/SPAN]The members out there saying this are falling right into the company’s tactics of divide and conquer.[SPAN] [/SPAN]We attack each other instead of remaining focused and assign the blame where it belongs.[SPAN] [/SPAN]It belongs on over 10 years of mismanagement of this company.[/FONT][/SPAN][BR][BR][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]As far back as Ed Colodny mistakes have been made that has probably cost this company millions if not billons if you add all the blunders.[/FONT][/SPAN][BR][BR][FONT color=#000000][SPAN]Colodny’s Blunders[/SPAN][SPAN]:[/SPAN][/FONT][BR][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]•Mirror Image, imposing US Air’s business methods upon Piedmont and PSA, instead of looking at each respective airline and adapting their successful practices.[SPAN] [/SPAN]Some examples would be dismantling of the Piedmont Shuttle which accounted for 32% of Piedmont’s Gross Revenue.[/FONT][/SPAN][/DIV][/LI][/UL]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Not furthering International Service and canceling the last three 767s on order from Boeing, then realizing how much money was made serving international destinations and paying Boeing a $30 million penalty to reorder the three planes.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL][FONT color=#000000][SPAN]Schofield’s Blunders[/SPAN][SPAN]:[/SPAN][SPAN][/SPAN][/FONT][BR]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Business select, $50 million on wasted seats that never worked properly and we eventually removed from the 737-200 fleet.[SPAN] [/SPAN]Operation Highground.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]The IAM Mechanic and Related Strike of 1992 in which US Air lost $35 million and agreeing to pay all the pilots during our strike regardless if they flew or not.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]The hiring of Joe Gorman from United Airlines.[SPAN] [/SPAN]Gorman stayed a few months then went right back to United, then United started taking us on head to head in numerous markets where we did not compete before Gorman’s tenure.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]The alliance with British Airways to infuse quick cash, but not on favorable terms to US Air, BA got more out of the alliance then we did.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Wolf and Gangwal:[/FONT][/SPAN][BR][BR]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Canceling all the Boeing orders and having to pay a substantial penalty to Boeing to this day the dollar amount is not known as it was a confidential out of court settlement after Boeing sued US Airways, but it is believed to be hundreds of millions of dollars.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Closing of three maintenance bases and trying to accomplish all the work in just three bases, which caused a backlog of airplanes awaiting “Q†and “C†checks and Mod visits.[SPAN] [/SPAN]At one point you could see numerous airplanes parked in Charlotte, Pittsburgh and Tampa awaiting maintenance.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Buying back over $1.5 billon of US Airways stock instead of using the money as operating capital or paying down debt or just having it around for a downturn.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Selling the company to United Airlines and then for the next 14 months having no direction and running the company into the ground.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL]
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[LI][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Overreacting to the September 11[sup]th[/sup] tragedy and shrinking the airline by 23% and increasing costs by putting larger airplanes on shorter routes.[/FONT][/SPAN][/LI][/UL][BR][SPAN][FONT color=#000000]Many mistakes have been made by so called corporate executives in this company and the majority of executives who made this horrible business decisions are still here.[SPAN] [/SPAN]So now the hard working employees who have kept US Airways going and you can look at the Department of Transportation statistics that have us in the top tier of performance are going to be faced with major decision on concessions to try and keep this company a viable operation.[SPAN] [/SPAN]Now is the time to not listen or spread rumors, use sound judgments when the FACTS are explained to you and stop pointing fingers at other workers who are out here just trying to survive and support themselves and/or their families.[SPAN] [/SPAN]Many employees are writing executives saying get rid of this classification or that classification, just don’t touch what I have.[SPAN] [/SPAN]I do believe a union is supposed to be about what is best for all, not one.[SPAN] [/SPAN]All showing the company that we are a group that would eat our young to save ourselves accomplishes nothing positive for our membership.[/FONT][/SPAN]
 

nosedive

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Nice post. A lot of truth to what you said. The leadership at US has been nothing but blunder after blunder since 1989.

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AP Tech

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And guess who gets to pay for all these blunders? Surely not the above mentioned, they are all enjoying their retirement millions and their lifetime SP travel on USAirways that they were awarded for their stellar job performance by the BOD.
 
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Dea Certe

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On 1/1/2003 11:55:20 AM A&P Tech wrote:

And guess who gets to pay for all these blunders? Surely not the above mentioned, they are all enjoying their retirement millions and their lifetime SP travel on USAirways that they were awarded for their stellar job performance by the BOD.
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That's what really burns me up. The BOD should add a clause to the exec's contract that if they fail to perform as expected their "Golden Parachutes" turn to lead, any bonuses should be merit based and that doesn't include just showing up to shuffle papers around. They should meet defined expectations that are reality based.

And here's a novel idea: let the employees have a part in the exec's yearly reviews.
 

cavalier

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[SPAN][FONT color=#000000][STRONG]Assign the Blame Where it Belongs[BR][BR][/STRONG]----------------------------------------------------------------------------------[BR][BR]
[P]Great post on history and reasons for our current situation. So now that everything is cleared up and we all know the causes...What now, and how to we get from here to there? Is there an answer? Is there hope? I read everything except a solid rational solution to the very real and big problems facing everyone of us on these boards. If someone has the answer, PLEASE, stand up and shout! [/P][/FONT][/SPAN]
 

cat 111

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Wolf and Gangwal are rewarded a nice pension for the great job they did. It is always the employees who get screwed for management fu## ups.
 

wings396

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Excellent post....I agree that it all started the downhill slide when "Uncle Ed" bailed out and left Seth with one hell of a mess to deal with. The BA deal that Seth got did give us a boost of cash we needed at the time, also remeber that Seth had to sell some of the 733's to raise cash. Ed was good in his early days, but not after the mergers. Another wise move he made with the F-100 fleet..why when the 732's and the DC-9 had almost the same capacity. He knew what was on the horizon when he left....Thanks a bunch.
 

Old PSA

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While we are on the subject, lets not forget Papa Ed's attitude (which was mirrored by many AL employees) that USAir knows best and we bought you. PSA owned the West Coast, now we don't know where it is.

And, Wolf and Gangwal great adventure into information technology, SABRE.

And from Wolf and Gangwal again, US doen't need regional jets, the markets will expand to be able to operate our coming Airbuses. Yep, you read it right. During their first pilot negotiations, this was their line. Thats why the pilot contact had such a strong scope clause, Mr. Wolf didn't think we would need them. 2 years later, they say we need 400 of them.
 

757fixer

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Quit changing your screen name Boof.It's getting to the point of needing a score card to keep track of you.
 

Seatacus

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they are all enjoying their retirement millions and their lifetime SP travel on USAirways that they were awarded for their stellar job performance by the BOD.
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Is it just me or does anyone else get fried when a retired corporate VP's family member checks in to fly first class for free positive space.
 

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