The message below was sent by Pat, as we were discussing the role of CAMC in Aviation, it appears that they wish to remain netrual on wages and benefits, which is no surprise. In the short term, Pilots and Engineers will still have to rely on their own negotiating abilities, to seek better pay and working conditions. Maybe someday there will be a major shake up in the industry once the baby boomers retire, and there are too few replacments to take their place. I am beginning to like the idea of a National Association to represent Aircraft Maintenance Workers. If there was an industry that needs (a big push) to improve Pay and Benefits, this is it.
Pat Richard wrote:
I just got back from the AME symposium in Cowtown, and I spoke to one of the camc people about this topic. The individual agreed completly with what has been stated here. That's great, there totally aware of it. They claim they have no means to change this." You can't bite the hands that feed you" is readily apparent here. They did mention that they had recieved a email(I believe yours) from someone with a son employed ,making poor wages, and trying to get by.But again, the're toothless/powerless to induce change.The only goodthing is you can write off the membership dues.
Field aviation was there looking to hire people.But what there offering(AME's) is piss poor. Level 3 engineer was around 22 a/hr, with a level 1 topping out at around 25. They are at least hiring, but when I questioned who was filling out applications, the rep said mostly apprentices. At those wages, I can see why. I think most AME's are tired of stepping sideways or backwards at their own expense.
None of the group I was there with(all employed AME's) considered applying. Why move to make less/ same money, at your expense?.
I have to think back to TCAS's comment about the "industry hanging itself", as that's probably what it's going to take before they instigate change.