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psyops
4th May 2002, 23:52
To follow is the text of an Allegheny MEC announcemet regarding the US Airways ALPA MEC and US Airways management's attemped extortion of Allegheny pilot jobs.

Here is their "One Finger Salute!"

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING TEXT WAS WRITTEN AND PUNCTUATED AS A SCRIPT.

HELLO, THIS IS THE THIRD ALLEGHENY MEC CODE A PHONE FOR MAY 3, 2002.

NO DOUBT YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY YOUR MEC UNANIMOUSLY DECLINED TO ACCEPT US AIRWAYS LOA 81 AND THE ATTACHED PROTOCOLS. OUR MANAGEMENT WILL LIKELY DELUGE YOU WITH PROPAGANDA, PAINTING A HORRENDOUS DOOM AND GLOOM SCENARIO. YOUR MEC REPS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU, AS THEY CAN BE, IN THE CREW ROOMS, AND OF COURSE YOU CAN CONTRACT THEM, BY ALL THE USUAL ELECTRONIC AND TELEPHONIC MEANS. THEY MADE A TOUGH DECISION, AND THEY WILL SHARE THEIR REASONING WITH YOU.

FOR NOW, HERE ARE SOME OF THE KEY FACTORS THAT THE MEC TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION. FIRST, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE FURLOUGHS WERE GOING TO OCCUR REGARDLESS WHETHER THE MEC ACCEPTED LOA 81, AND THE PROTOCOL. OUR COMPANY HAS BEEN CARRYING SURPLUS PILOTS FOR QUITE SOME TIME, AND NOW THAT MANAGEMENT DECIDED NOT TO INCUR THE COST OF NEEDED MAINTENANCE ON CERTAIN AIRCRAFT, FURLOUGHS BECAME INEVITABLE. SO JETS FOR JOBS IS NOT A CURE FOR FURLOUGHS. AT BEST, THERE MAY HAVE BEEN SOME REDUCTION IN FURLOUGHS, AND RELATED REPLACEMENTS.

SECOND, LOA 81 AND THE RELATED PROTOCOL HAVE NOT BEEN SIGNED. WE DONíT KNOW WHY, AND CERTAINLY WE CAN ALL SPECULATE, BUT THE MEC WAS NOT PREPARED TO SIGN ONTO A DOCUMENT, WHICH WAS NOT FINAL, AND COULD BE CHANGED OR EVEN EVAPORATE, AND THE RELATED PROTOCOL WAS ONLY GOING TO BE A PRELIMINARY STEP Ė WHAT MANAGEMENT CALLED PHASE ONE. WHAT THE MEC KNEW IS, THAT PHASE TWO WOULD BE A DEMAND BY OUR MANAGEMENT THAT WE ACCEPT A LONG LIST OF SEVERE CONCESSIONS. AND EVEN IF WE AGREED TO CUT UP OUR CONTRACT, THERE WOULD BE NO GUARANTEE OF ANY JETS BEING PLACED AT OUR AIRLINE.

THE MEC GOT A PREVIEW OF THE LIKELY CONCESSION LIST, BECAUSE THATíS WHAT PIEDMONT MANAGEMENT DELIVERED TO THE PILOTS NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE, AFTER THEY GAVE THEIR TENTATIVE APPROVAL TO LOA 81. THE LIST INCLUDED A 12-YEAR CONTRACT, THE END OF THE DEFINED BENEFIT PLAN, WAGE CONCESSIONS ON THE DHC-8, MESA RJ RATES, A REDUCTION OF MINIMUM PAY DAYS, AND THEIR NO FURLOUGH CLAUSE CEASES TO EXIST, JUST TO MENTION A FEW POINTS. ALL THAT, AND NO GUARANTEE OF EVEN ONE JET SHOWING UP ON THEIR PROPERTY. IN OUR MECíS VIEW, LOA 81 AND THE WAY ALG AND THE OTHER US AIRWAYS AFFILIATESí MANAGEMENT EVIDENTIALLY SEES IT, IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SET UP A BIDDING WAR AMONG THE PILOTS. THE PROBLEM IS THEREíS NO ASSURANCE OF ANY PRIZE BEING AWARDED, AND IF THERE IS A PRIZE, IT MIGHT GO TO THE LOWEST BIDDER.

THE MEC DID NOT SLAM THE DOOR SHUT ON FURTHER DISCUSSIONS REGARDING PLACEMENT OF JET A/C AT ALG, IF THERE IS AN ACCEPTABLE PROCESS FOR ACHIEVING THAT GOAL. LOA 81, PHASE ONE AND PHASE TWO, ARE JUST NOT AN ACCEPTABLE PROCESS FOR ACHIEVING THAT GOAL, LOA 81, PHASE ONE AND PHASE TWO ARE JUST NOT AN ACCEPTABLE PROCESS BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION. STAY TUNED.

Indiana Jones
5th May 2002, 06:40
Well if you Unions dont pull your finger out and chisel out an agreement with management pretty soon, there will be no planes to fly, so wise up.

psyops
5th May 2002, 12:30
Indiana,

The reality is this: The three US Airways wholly-owned subsidiaries, (Allegheny, Piedmont, and PSA), have been hauling main line passengers to main line jets, at main line ticket prices, with turboprop seat mile costs for years. They are individual gold mines for Airways. Gold mines. The Airways ALPA leadership's rerfusal to let anyone else operate pure jet equipment (regardless of seating capacity) is what has left them in the rest of the industry's wake.

US Airways Group has to do what it has to do; even if that includes filing Chapter 11, and getting scope relief for the wholly-owneds to operate regional jets. The absolute last thing they will do is put the company out of business because the main line pilots choose to continue their world class stupidity.

The wholly-owned subsidiaries of US Airways are what has been keeping the airline afloat. At least the pilots at Allegheny know that, and are calling their managements bluff.

DownIn3Green
5th May 2002, 13:09
Gotta agree with Indiana on this one...sounds like some disharmony among the ALPO troops over there, mainline protecting it's own at the expense of their "brothers" over at the commuters...

Seems to me the answer is simple: The commuter group needs to send ALPO packing...

Psyops---how's the "kool-aid" taste these days?

Ignition Override
6th May 2002, 06:10
Psyops: I'm with a different airline. Days ago I read about a tentative agreement between the "mainline" MEC and mgmt, which indicated that a much higher number of regional jets would or could be operated by the USAirways regionals. Your descriptions above were not very clear to me, but I could certainly understand your anger, based on the info given above. In the merger we went through, our 122-seat jets were considered "puddle-jumpers", "lawn darts" or "light twins" by some of our arrogant brethren (only some of 'that group') who sit on their butts doing much less work, enroute to Asia, LGW, CDG, FRA, AMS etc.

And so the USAirways MEC then rejected the entire agreement?
Is it such a simple matter, knowing that when one MEC battles with another (consider numerous previous mergers, and the fact that J. Caesar conquered Gaul partly due to inter-tribal wars [Belgae, Aedui, Helveti]), management wins the most.

Is the USAirways MEC's decision not a complex issue?

If quite simple, it might be a first in this industry...either way, good luck with the struggle and the 'Wolfbite'. I still am wondering what he has ever done which was creative or original (how he earned his gigantic golden parachutes).

Ignition Override
7th May 2002, 06:02
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