Here's exactly what I was thinking and said out loud about the new contract, keeping in mind nothing changed for pilots who were currently on the list, if we vote yes there is a life line with a contract extension of the AC flying to 2025, that'll get about half the pilots to retirement, myself not included. I will have 10-12 years to go by then.So you have more principles....but only to a point. Like as long as you have the luxury of making more doing something else, or as long as you can rationalize staying at Jazz because it had the "highest paid, best working conditions" when you you started, it's still a "great place to be", and the new contract was "forced on us". Then it's ok to keep the job. Got it.
Next, and I did say this out loud, if pilots apply for the new pay, no one to blame but themselves.
The contract currently in place is still "the best", even the new pilots will be on the old pay scale after a three year delay, it might surprise you to know I'm planning on staying at Jazz and part of the new deal was the PML, which means sometime in the very near future I will have to decide, to stay with a three year pay cut or go to AC, as I've said planning on staying but could change my mind.
You are correct, it's foolish to think one person saying no can't change things but if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
At this point in my career, I'm just hoping to not have to decide where to start over, no doubt it is self serving but I did my part earlier on trying to make it better, for every time I said no, ten said yes, so to heck with it.
It's a losing battle and you've all convinced me, I'm going to lobby the union for pay cuts enough to get the work we've lost back from Sky and GGN but only for any pilot hired after me!