The Indians used to hunt Bison by scaring them towards a cliff and panicking them so as to get them to, under thier own power, run off the cliff to their deaths. This was the advantage of intelligence over brawn. The bison was a powerful animal but not that bright.
We are the Bison and the union and the company are trying to use the same tactic to get us to do the same thing, run off the cliff under our own power. Just as the Indians would carefully plan out there strategy, preparing for every move the Bison would make the company and the Union made their plans very carefully, covering every question, having "experts" throw up a block here, the company throwing one up there and then the union everywhere else,no you cant go here, no you cant go there, all to lead us to where they want us, right at the edge of the cliff, NOW JUMP!!! As we lie dying at the base of the cliff they come down and laugh, we didnt do it to you, you did it to yourselves.
They are actaully telling us to give more away before we go into bankruptcy than the judge took away from UALs mechanics in bankruptcy! Now how stupid could we be to think that we are better off jumping off the cliff than running right over that Indian with the wolf pelt on? The company will make all sorts of threats, "we will sell all the bases and ship the airplanes to ASIA" well how much sense does that make? Sell the bases to whom? If all the work is going to ASIA then why would somebody buy those bases here? If somebody buys those bases what are they going to do with them? Wont they have to hire people to work there? This whole thing about shipping out the work is bull too. What do you think that people are out there maintaining all this extra capacity just waiting for a big airline to come and give them all this work? Of course not. It would be too costly to maintain that capacity. The airlines did not bring all this work in house because they had altruistic motives. They did so because in house gives them better quality control and allows them to operate with less spares, that is if they manage it correctly. I remember a while back AA used to do a lot of subcontracting for other carriers. Crandall stopped it because it was decided that AA just wanted to do AA. They walked away from a good source of revenue.
The question is are we so stupid that we will allow these same people that blew billions of dollars in profits in a few short years to bilk us out of billions more? Seems to me that we are in a contest to see who is more stupid, us the workers or the Arpeys and the Carty's that put this multi-billion dollar company into bankruptcy with all their bad business moves. NO Concessions. FULL PAY TILL THE LAST DAY!!
Bankruptcy for AA will probably be the best thing for the entire industry. It will tip the scales, we will soon be followed by Continental, Delta and the rest. With most of the industry in C-11, the government will have to do something. If we dont like what they come up with, we shut the whole thing down.
Of all the industries out there the airlines probably have more in the military reserves than any other. Several members of our local are over there fighting, hoping to come back alive after accomplishing their mission. We owe it to them to have the courage to stand up to our company, our union and even the same government that sent them there to preserve their pay and benifits. How do you think they will feel if we told them that while they were away we gave away over 20% of their compensation because "we were scared"?