Originally Posted by ghwk
So if I understand you, the outcome occurring here is Lose Lose and it is the unions fault right?
mostly..the unions past threats of strikes forced the hands of management to cave into their demands..
when other airline and for that matter companies were able to go through bankruptcy and lower their costs the UNIONs (read employees) blocked AA from getting their costs down..
with the threat of more and more work disruptions like what is going on now with the pilots..
the unions forced AA into bankruptcy to be able to compete with the other majors who had already cut costs..
Now although they are denying it is a work action set up by the union (read Pilots) it is now maybe even crippling AA for money needed to get out of Bankruptcy by these childish acts.. This is prime time for folks booking holiday travel and all the press about the late, cancelled flights as well as reports of lack of maintenance of their planes is sending people to the other airlines and forcing AA to trim even more flights than they would because of the work action..
Which will lead to even more layoffs IIRC 4400 so far up to perhaps as many as 10,000.
which of course just leads to more unemployment and jobs lost in the private sector as suppliers to AA and those folks that AA employees do spend their money at are forced to cut staff also..
the short version is the UNION gave the Pilots false hope that the Judge would not void their contract.
. and therefore they did not set down with AA and make concessions that would have stopped all this nonsense..
now for the most part the Judge will be making Managements decisions for them on a new contract.. and every time that has happened it has been brutal..
I have lots of friends locally at AA, but some of the employees arrogance has cost them jobs.. Their blind faith that the unions will force the big bad CEO to cave may just be the death nell of AA as most know it today..