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AS Pilots Picketing will it evolve into a strike?

Old Aug 19, 17, 3:11 pm
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AS Pilots Picketing will it evolve into a strike?

Saw this story about AS pilots planning picketing over pay dispute and wondering if it will eventually evolve into a full strike. Let's hope not.

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/08/...-compensation/
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Old Aug 20, 17, 7:34 am
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Typical pre-merger posturing.
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Old Aug 20, 17, 2:52 pm
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Typical pre-merger posturing.
This... and a strike is not a possibility as, per the terms of their CBA, the Pilots and the company have gone into binding arbitration. I think the picketing is the Pilots trying to convince the company to do the right thing before an arbitration decision comes down. There is worry, probably on both sides, that an arbitration decision will not be what the Pilots want. One of the big topics is scope, and the company doesn't appear interested in entertaining any discussions in this regard. An arbitrator could side with the Pilots, seeing that most other airlines have some sort of scope language - or they could just as easily side with the company and decide that scope is not necessary. One interesting fact - the last time the Pilots went into binding arbitration they lost big. The industry was in a completely different state at that time. I, personally, believe that an arbitrator is going to make things good for the Pilots - but we'll all see soon enough.
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Old Aug 20, 17, 11:28 pm
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Originally Posted by AS Flyer View Post
This... and a strike is not a possibility as, per the terms of their CBA, the Pilots and the company have gone into binding arbitration. I think the picketing is the Pilots trying to convince the company to do the right thing before an arbitration decision comes down. There is worry, probably on both sides, that an arbitration decision will not be what the Pilots want. One of the big topics is scope, and the company doesn't appear interested in entertaining any discussions in this regard. An arbitrator could side with the Pilots, seeing that most other airlines have some sort of scope language - or they could just as easily side with the company and decide that scope is not necessary. One interesting fact - the last time the Pilots went into binding arbitration they lost big. The industry was in a completely different state at that time. I, personally, believe that an arbitrator is going to make things good for the Pilots - but we'll all see soon enough.

What is scope?
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Old Aug 20, 17, 11:34 pm
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Originally Posted by michaelstant View Post
What is scope?
For airlines, it usually involves whether nonunion pilots can be used for RJ type flights. There could be limits in the contract on the number of flights that can be outsourced to commuter airline affiliates or limits on the size of such aircraft or both. There can also be limits on JV flights (or number of seats on JV operated flights) operated by partner airlines.
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Old Aug 21, 17, 12:30 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
For airlines, it usually involves whether nonunion pilots can be used for RJ type flights. There could be limits in the contract on the number of flights that can be outsourced to commuter airline affiliates or limits on the size of such aircraft or both. There can also be limits on JV flights (or number of seats on JV operated flights) operated by partner airlines.
exactly. Though, union or non-union is irrelevant, it's really just about how many regional airplanes are allowed to operate flights on an airlines behalf. Some airlines have limits on the number of planes, number of seats on a regional plane or percentage of planes vs mainline planes - or any combination of those things... or more.
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