Changes in Latitudes wrote:You're 100% on with this one. But do you really see the bargaining groups of each airline agreeing on this "floor" anytime soon? I think the US system is approaching quicker than any of the union groups can keep up with.Flying Low wrote:
Air Canada has observed how things are done in the States and thought, "What a great idea!"
The only way to stop this is for the bargaining units of each airline (regional and mainline) to get together and agree on a "floor" for WAWCON.
If this does not happen then the regionals and eventually mainline will see the steady decline in their contracts. It truly is as simple as that.
Apparently talks between the regionals in the US have started. Hopefully it won't take as long to have that meaningful conversation up here...
It will be interesting to see if the requirement that new hire FO's at the US regionals have to have an ATPL will have any effect on WAWCONs. When they were putting 250 hr, fresh from the puppy mill, starry eyed wannabe's with SJS, into the right seat of a jet they could pay 17 K a year and get lots of applicants. Now they are fishing from a considerably smaller pool it will be interesting to see what will happen. The rumor is that Pinnacle, which current has the crappiest pay and conditions, has almost no one in the holding pool and very few credible resumes on file.
The US regionals will also be subject to new flight duty time limits soon. These new rules will mean an airline will need 5 to 9 % more pilots to fly the same schedule.
Common sense says that there has to be a floor to wages. My gut feeling is that the US regionals are there now and will have to start improving the conditions to get pilots.
It is interesting times !