Originally Posted by DAL 88 Driver
Completely disagree with you, ACL. Coming out of bankruptcy and then acting as if our bankruptcy/emergency pay is the new norm and we don't expect much more than that going forward... and then doing that for FOUR YEARS (holy cow!)... well, I see that as a strategic mistake of epic proportions. It completely sends the wrong message to any parties with any possible interest (i.e. management, BOD, Wall Street, etc.) and it has had an extremely negative effect on the expectations of many in our pilot group. How can you possibly see it any other way?
And as far as the "words used." Well how else do you say that we are being compensated at bankruptcy levels, bankruptcy was over a long time ago, and we expect to be restored? I don't see anyway to walk on eggshells and effectively communicate that message. It can be done in a professional, respectful way... and this is exactly what I've been advocating. But it can't be done by tap dancing around it. We're all big boys and girls, and so is management. If this "relationship that Moak built" is so solid, then it will withstand a frank discussion of expectations.
It is timing. It would be seen as rhetoric if it went on for that long. The pilots would have issue fatigue as well. It is all about timing, having us hit our peak and the correct time for the message that we all want delivered.
Yes the message need to be delivered, but you must admit that some just get tired of beating the same drum for so long. You can see that with pilots that come and go on this board. Imagine what it is like with 12,000 pilots when you need their support and all at once. Most would have checked out six months go. Look at the apathy of our group, do you think that they could really stay on message with the level of intensity needed for that long? Many could, yes, but we need everyone that way.
It is not an excuse for the actions of a few, but a reason of as to why I think now is the time to start getting the message out. We could be prepping for a marathon in section 6 and no one will know until they are at least half way though the race.