On 4/4/2003 8:07:01 PM diogenes wrote:
Actually, Bush had quite a bit to do with paycuts. This Administration used the ATSB as leverage to lower wages and bust unions, according to Woerth of ALPA and Roach of IAM. One of the big reasons some smaller carriers were denied ATSB loan guarantees was their workforces'' payscales were already at the bottom.
Intriguingly, fares and labor costs do not have a direct correlation. Consider;
1. WN, with uniformly lower fares, pays their agents MORE than U pays its agents.
2. ASA, which pays its agents less than U mainline, has the same fares as U in head to head markets. Obviously, the labor savings that ASA realizes is not passed on to the consumer.
And lastly, ethics is a fine, but not the sole trait a leader should demonstrate. An inquisitive mind capable of nuance goes along with high ethics quite nicely. We will rue the day we thumbed our nose at the world.
Lay off the crack pipe would ya. Bush has nothing to do with the pay cuts. Airline employees have made much more than the average Joe has for half the work that the average Joe does. Why is it that the second an airline makes .10 cents that all the unions demand .09 of it? Airlines are "supposed" to make money for the STOCK HOLDERS not to make the employees rich. If Bush is so "evil" then where is all your contempt for BJ Clinton and his Enron, WorldCom etc, connections. They all cost billions of dollars to both employees and stockholders, but I can''t seem to hear you crying about Clinton the cigar biotch.
ASA flys under the Delta colors - not on their own. Just like the WO at U the public pays what Delta sets as the ticket price. Its amazing that ASA gives the same if not better service than the "Almighty ML U". Maybe thats the reason ASA made a profit and U is in bankruptcy.(oops, you just got out of bankruptcy, lets see how long that lasts)
Finally we WILL NOT rue the day we snubbed the world, rather it will be the other way around. The snail eating maggots in france (purposely with a small "f"), the goose stepping Nazis (oops I mean Germans) and the Russians depend on the US to the not only secure the world''s peace but also its economy. Maybe if you got out from under Uncle Bill''s desk and took a look around you would realize that the US doesn''t get financial/military aide from any of the weasel countries and for that matter ANY country. The world looks to the US as both the policeman and the loan officer, not the other way around. If you hate Bush so much get the hell out of my country and go live with the "heros" of the world like Chirac, Saddam or Schroeder.
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