This week, American Airlines revised its previous plans to not seek damages against mechanics and even the caterers have staged a sit-in. American Airlines management is running out of employee groups to offend.
First Things First, American Airlines Reverses Decision on Mechanics Damages
American Airlines asked for damages in the millions of dollars.
They took issue with the statement and while any logical person could have concluded that damages would come from mechanics and reach the millions (I cited sources who agreed), at the time they hadn’t said so implicitly so I obliged.
The next week I posted that American Airlines had asked for damages directly from the mechanics. I was corrected that American hadn’t asked the judge for damages from the mechanics. They just asked the judge to order the unions to fine the mechanics directly – which I guess by the same logic would absolve any tyrant from actually committing a crime, as long as they forced someone else to commit their acts for them.
In what should be the most obvious reveal to any reader this week, American sought damages… from the mechanics union… who would have just collected fines (if any were issued) from their mehcanics and American Airlines behest.
“American Airlines has accused the unions representing its mechanics of a purposeful work slowdown to win leverage in contract talks, which it said caused more than 900 flight cancellations over the last two months. Now the airline wants compensation from the unions…
The unions have caused “enormous financial losses to American, and untold harm in lost customer good will,” American said in its filing Tuesday. It said the amount would be determined at a hearing.” – CNBC
Essentially, my disputed statement from a few weeks ago by which American and others was suggested as false based on elements that are now true. So does that make the original statement true? Didn’t American Airlines ask the judge to make the unions personally penalize the unions and then now wants damages from nearly 1,000 late flights with enormous finanical losses? Does that make me a visionary, or that American simply thought no one would see the very obvious course they were following?
Caterers for American Airlines Protest, 58 Arrested
The headlines for the arrests (and fines) outside of American Airlines imply caterers for the carrier were jailed. That’s partially the case. The Dallas News clarified that some mechanics were also there in a display of unity which was meant to represent the 11,000 catering workers who blame American Airlines (not their employer LSG Sky Chefs) for their low pay.
“The union and workers say much of the blame for their low pay rests with American Airlines because the carrier dictates contracts and rates to companies such as LSG Sky Chefs. The company has 926 catering workers at DFW Airport.”
It was estimated that 600 protesters showed up to American Airlines headquarters in Dallas. They blocked the entrance to the facility which gave the authorities (and certainly American Airlines who could have intervened) the ability to arrest and fine those who would not leave.
At Least The Stock Is Finally Performing…
American Airlines surprised the world by turning a profit in Q2 by flying passengers, ending a six-month drought (they were profitable the other two quarters from the sale of miles but lost money flying passengers and cargo.)
Ouch! Just AAL closed just $.40 up from the five-year low on Friday, August 16th, 2019. That’s after the best quarter they’ve reported in some time, oil prices haven’t suddenly jumped, they even won their case against the mechanics. Yet the stock price is even worse!
Maybe Wall Street has had it just like the rest of us.
Who, Doug Parker, is left for you to offend to the point that they will literally be arrested and fined to make their point? When will management start to realize that all of the labor groups are unhappy with them. I follow one simple rule in life: If everyone in the room seems crazy, you’re the crazy one.
First flight attendants (unresolved), then mechanics (unresolved), now caterers and rumors of pilot rumblings have to make it hard to manage anything at American Airlines. It’s not likely that all of the groups have been so demanding that a resolution can’t be found. Passenger numbers, and the stock price are also down, so it seems just about everybody besides CEO Doug Parker and his mangement team have recognized that things are not going well. Summer isn’t over yet, Mr. Parker.
What do you think? Is American Airlines management running out of employee groups to offend? Is anyone in management or administration as upset as the employees?