American Pilots Picket at O'Hare

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  1. ACMM
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    Sept. 20--American Airlines pilots picketed at O'Hare International Airport Thursday, protesting the recent imposition of pay and benefits cuts while supporting a merger with US Airways.
    The demonstration occurred as American canceled hundreds of flights this week, saying pilots are partly to blame. The pilots deny that.

    "American pilots want to work for an airline that is vibrant and growing, and American's standalone plan is just not working," said Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, which supports a combination with US Airways. American's parent AMR Corp., in bankruptcy reorganization, is in talks with US Airways. "The act of throwing our contract into the trash can is a motivating issue here."

    About 200 members of the union, representing the 10,000 pilots who fly for American, marched Thursday afternoon between Terminals 2 and 3. Pilots claim the new contract terms, with pay and benefit cuts approved by a bankruptcy judge, are an effort by management to use the company's Chapter 11 reorganization "to extract far more value from the pilots than what's needed to successfully restructure American Airlines."


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    Fire them all!
     
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    For picketing?
     
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    OK I don't want them to get fired, but they need to know that AA can't stay alive the way things are going unless contracts are re-negotiated.
     
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    IMHO, the more these unhappy pilots interrupt operAAtions, the more unhappy I will be with them. :mad:
     
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    Today, the 21st, there are no pickets I can see at ORD, and flights appear to be operating very normally. In fact, it seems unusually smooth for a Friday morning.
     
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    Only a guess, but maybe the pilots feel they got their message across and stopped before things got way out of hand and they would taken on a PR nightmare.
     
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    Then why don't you work constructively with the airline, rather than A) sabotaging it by angering your customers or B) whining and screaming when you don't get your way?
     
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    My completely unqualified opinion would be that this is more of an attempt to apply pressure toward a merger than about the contracts. They've pretty much lost the contract battle already.
     
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    They're welcome to quit and apply with US Air if they'd rather work there.
     
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    No, they're off strategizing.
     
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    Never been a fan of that philosophy. If you want to express your frustration through legitimate means such as picketing, by all means do so. Covert actions such as those we all know are happening is another story.
     
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    They've publicly stated that they are interested in a merger with US. The thing I don't get - from a lay person's point of view - is why in the world they would want that, especially with all of the press about the poor labor relations at US.
     
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    It might be a stupid idea, but they can advocate for it all they want.
     
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    They have been courted by Dougie Parker and are apparently drinking his KoolAid. He is an opportunist trying to capitalize on their anger at current AMR management in order to get a merger. He has already ruined one good airline, what's to stop him from ruining a yet bigger one?

    These guys and gals should be careful what they wish for. Doug has stated publicly his disdain for both employees and customers over the years. IF (and it's still a big IF) there is a merger, it will have no chance of success with Parker as CEO.
     
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    from the tap, it would appear.
     
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    I actually like US Airways, which is why I don't want US & AA to merge. I'd like them to stay as they are. I don't care for Dougie and his condescending talk about how a merger is the only way for AA to survive, nor do I care for his whining about "Why won't AA merge with us?," but I like US.
     
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    I am not an expert by any means nor do I have any idea if they're even interested, but an Alaska/American merger, at least in terms of route network, would be huge.
     
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    No interest. They make much better money being an independent.
     
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    It would help with west coast coverage, but does nothing for AA's weak international network.
     
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    They are just following the lead of Washington DC. Whining and screaming when they don't get their way seems to work there pretty well. ;)
     
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    If your goal is to get headlines, then you're right, it works great.
     
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    Where is Ronald Reagan when we need him? I am thoroughly disgusted with the pilots who obviously have little concern for the customers who help them earn a living. Not all pilots are participating in these antics, but those that are should get a boot up their rear end and be tossed out the door. There are plenty of pilots out there who would love the jobs that they have.
     
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    Ronald Reagan???? Govt getting involved in private business...that would never fly with the modern republican party. In today's party Reagan would be branded a RINO.
     
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    Too bad - you folks could use him these days - fire all of them I say -- mwahahahahah -- oops meds time ;)
     
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