Originally Posted by Clocks
/warning: wild guess from someone in the same position as you
If I had to make a prediction right now, of what would happen if this passed as proposed...it would be that all existing 121 pilots get grandfathered in, furloughed pilots have to meet the new rules, and whether or not you can keep your seniority varies from company to company.
For all purposes, you and I are unemployed. We do not work at our respective airlines in any capacity. All we have is a contractual promise of a recall before additional new hires. That means as much to the government as our deadhead pay, or callout times (i.e. nothing).
Unless the government is lobbied specifically to ADD grandfather clause for furloughed pilots (and all the folks who were hired at 500 hours but have since broken 1500 will ***** and moan to ALPA that it's not worth the time), it's back to CFI'ing for us.
Of course, this assumes it even passes as proposed. The RAA can publicly say they support it, and lobby to the opposite.
And despite this, I still would support the rule. As inconvenient as it would be. Although I do think true ATP mins (not just 1500 hours) is a little bit more than is needed to address their concerns.
I do agree with you except on this point, under union CBA I believe the airline contractually has to hold that spot and seniority for you. But then again they have a nasty habit of breaking CBA's. It is through no fault that the rules changed midstream, so yes we might have to go back and earn more time. But I think there is a good argument for a grandfathering, nobody requesting it should be at 300 hrs anymore.