Last week US Airways flight attendants picketed to protest their slow moving contract negotiations. For those not keeping score, their contract is now eight years old and getting more stale by the day. And don't forget that they've never really merged America West with US Airways, at least where the flight attendants (and pilots) are concerned.
I loved this quote:
“Doug Parker has his eyes on (a contract) with American, but he needs to finish this one first,” said Cathy Campbell, president of the Charlotte chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants, at the demonstration at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. “His employees have brought him record profits.”
Of course Parker should be finishing the contract with his own people first. But for the last six months he's been hellbent on buying the support of our unions at American instead of taking care of his own. That was a bad strategy, and is now coming back to haunt him.
What's most amazing to me is how the union leaders at AA have closed their eyes to reality. If Parker is treating his own people so badly, and a merger means that we become "his" people, what does that say for our future?
Time to stop being shortsighted and tell our union leaders to stand up for our interests.