Originally Posted by MX727
The pilots at CAL that "struck ALPA" cost you everything, so now you side with them?
They didn't agree with ALPA so they struck out on their own. Now you don't agree with the pilots of ALPA so you do the same exact thing. Who really is crossing the picket line?
Don't forget that ALPA fought the original age 60 rule, we lost and in the intervening years, have structured all of our contracts on the fact that we will retire at 60.
What number do you want to be codified as the retirement age? When you approach that age, will you want it to move again? Do you want there to be no defined retirement age? How will that work when we negotiate a contract? How will anyone plan?
The pilots who crossed the picket line at CAL are all ALPA members now. They were brought into the fold with no penance on their part nor any abridgement of their seniority. They were brought in for their dues dollars and now you and they are "brothers." You are on the same side. On the other hand, some longtime CAL pilots such as striker, Jim Personett, have resigned from ALPA because of its breach of ethics. Thanks for asking.
In my opinion, there should be no age restriction on flying commercially; individual competence and capability should be the rule. A change to 65 should be only temporary until the lid can come off all together. In the long run, this is healthy for our society in every way as long as people have an option in how to run their own lives.
I have been writing about the impending Age 60 train wreck at FedEx for 10 years and have always been opposed to the Rule. The ideal situation is to have the OPTION to fly to 65 just as ALPA carrier, Air Canada Jazz, is currently doing. They may retire at 55 with a penalty, 60 with no penalty, and fly to 65 if they desire to put more money in their Plans. This is the best model as it permits people to choose which option is best for them, personally, given the changes in the industry over the last 28 years. Unfortunately, we are stuck in the past and this is causing significant disunity within the profession.
ALPA's inability to deal with the retirement problem on several levels is symbolic of its general failure to perform. I will have some more comments later. Fortunately, as someone wrote: Lurkers vote.