I 100% totally understand your frustration. There are quite a few entitled twats out there. Some that believe the company OWES them an ATPL and that because of this wild amount of movement that they deserve a Left Seat after a year of employment.
That'll happen when all you can hire are 900-1300hr 20 year olds with the current WAWCON.
However there are many here at Jazz now post jan 2015 that were in the process BEFORE this new contract and wage scale. Had I not had a little medical upset in 2012 that saw me sitting sidelined I'd have likely been hired pre B scale.. There are also many that were waiting for the right time.
I'm not new. I'm not a millennial. I'm not 'low time'. I left a decent paying job for this as a look to the future. I knew full well that I would only take the offer if the list was moving and I could hold YVR asap with a relatively quick upgrade. If not, there was NO point in coming. I'd be at AT or SW or have continued trying for OTS at AC. There were better options. There ARE better options, and not just overseas.
While it could have been brushed off at the time, by all the cautious who have been told for 30 some odd years that the shortage was coming..Its apparent now through a few key indicators that this was coming. The push to 65 was a small stopgap. The globalization of the market, the reduction in CPL's and ATPL's in the country being achieved. Ever wonder why TC stopped showcasing the annual numbers? SKR and GGN were measures to lessen the impact and give AC the ability to shuffle flying amongst a few CPA's to avoid a giant surge, which was coming. Now we see the branding removed from all those Georgian 1900's. A pile of that RJ flying being covered by Jazz (as overtime for many) as they can't keep pilots and have difficulty maintaining their schedule. How about SKR? Where did those Q400's end up? Was it really believable that Jazz was going to see a fleet size reduction? Even now, the numbers have become very fluid. How many more RJ's did we take on instead? Call and ask dispatch off the record how many flights they've cancelled on any given day. Ask them why...
The AC pilot group are too costly for the regional flying. The memo that went out from Claude makes me chuckle. Simply smoke and mirrors to help them facilitate this negotiating agenda. Only the extremely cautious and worried previous generation will take that bait. Maybe they're planning to remove some of the scope as concessions at AC and move the C series to SKR or Jazz or a new entity? Time will tell..
Your comments about FLAIR and the potential WJ ULCC aren't even a blip on my radar. How many pilots does FLAIR employ? How many planes? what are their load factors? Hows the cost index? Profitable? Pretty small and insignificant in comparison to the 1400 here, the 4k at AC and the equally large pilot group at WJ and WJE. The ULCC doesn't exist. No planes. No pilots. Very small market. I'd see it as another negotiating tactic. I'll keep my realistic and perhaps optimistic mindset at this point. How do you foresee the ALPA CBA that will come out of the works at GGN? How long before SKR isn't on par or better, with representation than us? You really think they'll keep flying those EMB's at a discount in this environment? Would you not foresee some of that flying coming back our way should that happen?
The notion that this PML was a godsend and 'we wouldn't be here without all of this' is also farcical. It was only 'ok' for those that were stagnant in the right seat at Jazz pre 2015. Now? Its a joke. v2.0 would have you better off OTS after being a DEC at Encore. Which is probably what they'd prefer anyways
I'm a little disenchanted with our negotiators and MEC at this point. From the perspective of a B-scaler, we lack representation. Have a look at the numbers. Over 60% of the membership is now Post January 2015. Do you see anyone on the new contract negotiating for us? Sure they tell us they have the entire memberships best interest, but its hard to believe when I hear they axed the improvements the company offered.. I hope to be proven wrong. If not, we know how the next vote will turn out.
rudder is on the right track. Eliminate the language regarding the 'classic' airline. Return to the pre 2015 pay scale. Improve the WDO and overtime. How come we don't get AMU's for reassignments? Maybe a bit better ESOP.. I'd like to see something sustainable... We're not asking for anything outlandish.