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    The Federal Aviation Administration sent a letter to the airline and unions on June 24 warning them not to let the contract dispute interfere with safety.

    Judge John McBryde may have to decide whether it's a multimillion-dollar fine against the union or perhaps he could say the union isn't to blame for workers turning down overtime and off-site assignments.

    https://www.dallasnews.com/business/...orce-union-pay

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    Just my opinion, but sooner or later someone will take a stand and it may just be the mechanics. Whatever might be occurring on the AA maintenance side isn’t reducing safety, but is likely causing operational performance declines. It isn’t the only driver, but a convenient claim. Safety and operational performance are two difference concepts. It will be interesting to see what the judge decides. If he forces indentured servitude on the AA mechanics, I think it will backfire resulting in all out bedlam. You simply can’t beat employees like rented mules and expect something good to come out of it. He could bankrupt the union, but if the unions President’s statements in the LGA town hall are valid, it will only alienate an already alienated labor group and make no mistake, the other AA groups will see it and that will have negative impact among those work groups as well.

    Once this all occurs, there will be no way to obfuscate the reality of the downfall of AA and again IMO, it will be yet another nail in the bankruptcy box AA is all but certain to be heading for. I think AA is highly likely headed that way anyway regardless of the mechanics issue as clearly this airline is operating as if it were 20 years ago expecting something different. Personally, I see no options left for this management “team” to salvage this airline as they have permanently lost all credibility with front-line labor.

    So sad as it didn’t have to be that way.
    Last edited by Beagleboy; 07-02-2019 at 09:45 PM.

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    Well if franky is dougies father in law or for that even if not, if the mx people get screwed as eastern did to there mx people and the rest of the unions will have to pick a side then the die is cast.
    Or a northwest side play with the faa's blessing, another shi+ show. No one thing parker cannot control sentiment or hatred to a corporation, he better find another way, because when an aircraft has issues and its put in the mx book, there hands are tied to available personnel and parts. If it cant be fixed it cant be fixed. Just another form of pilot pushing on the mx side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ardvark View Post
    Well if franky is dougies father in law or for that even if not, if the mx people get screwed as eastern did to there mx people and the rest of the unions will have to pick a side then the die is cast.
    Or a northwest side play with the faa's blessing, another shi+ show. No one thing parker cannot control sentiment or hatred to a corporation, he better find another way, because when an aircraft has issues and its put in the mx book, there hands are tied to available personnel and parts. If it cant be fixed it cant be fixed. Just another form of pilot pushing on the mx side.
    ...or even worse, the flip side results in pacified fear by mechanics producing true safety breakdowns resulting in an accident. At that point the blame game starts which has no winners, only varying degrees of loss. Arrogant domination and brinksmanship could not just kill the company, but the brand as well. One thing appears certain and that is the wholesale war Parker appears to be declaring on all front-line labor is systematically destroying the competitive ability of the airline.

    The mechanics issue is only part of AA’s performance problems and virtually nothing involving the product itself. If the mechanics got an acceptable contract tomorrow, IMO it would change little at AA. The problems are widespread and systemic. To hear management talking though, they believe all is well. You can’t correct that which you refuse to acknowledge is broken. It’s beyond laughable the judge claims a “collaborative culture” is required ostensibly targeting labor when management violates labor contracts with impunity.
    Last edited by Beagleboy; 07-02-2019 at 10:24 PM.

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