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A New Deal…

June 1st, 2009 · No Comments

For the last month, the pilots at my company have been hotly debating the pros and cons of a new tentatively-agreed-to collective bargaining agreement. The negotiating between the Company and the Pilots took two-and-a-half years to come to the point where we pilots are now voting on the new deal. The CBA we currently work under has been in effect for almost 15 years and is riddled with loopholes and gotchas that benefit both the company and the pilot group. All in all, however, it’s been a very good CBA to work under (the best I’ve ever worked under at three airlines, at any rate). We get treated excellently, payed well, have flexible schedules that we are individually in control of, and we lead a very productive existence for our Company. The new deal we’ve been offered leaves a little to be desired, though. That is my opinion.

If I’ve interpreted the tentative agreement correctly, there are two things that have set me on the path towards a “NO” vote. First, we lose some of the leeway in the ability to control our own productivity (which means trading/dropping/picking up trips to enhance our quality of life). Second, the company gains the ability to involuntarily snag us at the end of our originally-scheduled trips to fly trips they’re not able to cover for whatever reason. Sure, we gain some things (mainly a couple percentage points to our hourly rates and a bump in 401k match), but I feel that I’m payed pretty well under our current agreement.

Basically it comes down to each pilot educating himself and voting according to his individual needs. Personally, losing the ability to control my own productivity is what’s turning me off.

We’ll see how things turn out in a couple days. The voting ends on this week.

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