We all know how Laura has been outspoken in favor of merging with US Airways. And it's not just her crush on Doug Parker, either. Laura stands to gain hugely from a merger by becoming head of a huge flight attendants union.
But it looks like some of her would-be colleagues over at US Airways have a different perspective. A recent article detailed how US Airways people are frustrated with their CEO has ignoring them and making deals with our unions here at AA:
"Discord at US Airways runs counter to the image of union-
management unity that Parker has sought to project. He moved in
April to win support of American labor groups, which failed to
agree on cost-saving contract concessions in talks starting as
long as five years before AMR’s Nov. 29 Chapter 11 filing.
“Employees are a foundational issue,” said Deborah Volpe,
president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA at the
former America West. “If you don’t take care of the foundation,
then everything else tends to crumble eventually."
It sounds like Parker has been totally ignoring his foundation over at US Airways. By spending his time cosying up to Laura Glading and other union leaders at AA, he has angered the people whose support he needs to get a merger completed.
And to compound that, US Airways last merger (with America West) still hasn't been finalized. The flight attendants work as if they were at two separate airlines, more than five years after the "merger".
Do we want to walk into that level of chaos and confusion in a merger? We know why a merger would be good for Laura, but she has not explained why it would be good for the rest of us. While she collects her fat union salary, we'll be fighting hub downsizing and base closures that Parker would insist on to save the "new" American Airlines money.