countdown wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:38 pm
Westjet is not going to pay Swoop pilots over twice the hourly rate that Flair and other entrants are paying. Maybe we could get Swoop close to what our current rates are and then start working on what we really want which an improvement to mainline WAWON - specifically, schedules and cash in jeans. When the Swoop pilots flow to mainline they will be happy for the career progression.
Yes, negotiate scope with Swoop, negotiate something so that we stay on the one list, but Swoop and Mainline are not going to have the same WAWCON, unless perhaps we lower ours. I'm convinced that equal WAWCON for Swoop and Mainline is a nonstarter. When this finally all makes it to the arbitrator we are going to be in a worse place than we are now.
If you really want 100% ALPA support then get realistic about what's truly achievable.
WS ALPA folks better get realistic about how this game of chess plays out.
You are being used by a much larger organization with a very different agenda. You're being used to fight a war, but you should be far more selfish and concerned about the battle that matters to your immediate career and that is WS vs ULCC's, period.
If WS ALPA types think that ALPA is working entirely for their benefit, you are dreaming in technicolor. Ask anyone who was left hanging in the wind at C3 in Oct 2001.
I hate to break it to you but there is no mass conspiracy out there to "get" WS pilots. Everyone at WS is in the same boat from top to bottom. You do not want to be the meat in the sandwich, but that's where this is headed in the long term. Anyone remember the last meat in the sandwich? Canadian Airlines anyone?
Don't think for a second the outcome will be anything close to what happened in Dec '99. It's a very different world out there, folks. There won't be any merger, gang. Them day's is over.
I'm not particularly concerned about the "threat" of Rouge. They don't have the cost structure to be dangerous to WS's future in the grand scheme of things, esp should oil drift north.
However, if WS is unable to compete on a stage length adjusted cost basis with whatever ULCC is able to gain traction in the market place, the house collapses and you all start at square one in your career again. Not good for anyone.
That is the scenario every other airline and potential airline executive in Canada is working 24/7 to ensure occurs.
This is war folks. Rally around the flag.
Shut that back door tight.