United Airlines and labor representatives have resumed the difficult task at the bargaining table regarding employee pension plans. Airline negotiators and the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, which represent over 2,000 baggage handlers, ticket agents at the San Francisco international Airport and about 20,000+ United employees worldwide, remain in a standstill over the bankruptcy labor dilemma. The main issue at hand is basically the removal of employee pensions plans. The negation plans remain on shaky ground, with a bankruptcy court date pending tomorrow. The scariest part is the honorable Judge presiding over the case can possibly allow United Airlines to walk away from the contract-binding collective bargaining agreement. No matter what happens tomorrow, any Union-represented employee in their right mind will strike without blinking an eye.
United Airlines is not thinking clearly here. This is a give and take situation. If United does not care about their employees why should the employees care about United? If United decides to deny all of their contract-binding liability, they need to feel how all United employees can simply walk off the job without batting an eye. When the employees walk the picket lines, there is no service. No service, no customers. No customers, no revenue. This is not rocket science. United Airlines needs to take a more civilized approach. United Airlines needs to drop their “proud demeanor”. Pulling the rug underneath their dedicated employees is not the answer. Not only should the employees strike, but the customers should ban all use of United Airlines until they get their act together. The customers need to feel how the employees feel, jobless and without health and retirement coverage. In a matter of days United CEO and Management teams will feel their backsides smack the ground hard once employees hit the picket line. What comes around goes around.