Hello my fellow simmers. I know that this is off topic but, I feel that I need to say this due to all of the negative publicity we have been getting. I am sure that all of you have heard about what is going on by now. We as mechanics have been the whipping boys of the media as of late and I think that everyone has heard the company's side, the Union's side but, not our side. We were villified in the press last week for our rejection of the concession package. It was indicated that it was over a vacation dispute and this is completely false. I can't speak for all of us but, my personal reason was pretty much the same as the government's reason for rejecting the loan. Because of things in the past as far as the way the company was ran, I felt that I was throwing good money after bad. In 1994, we accepted 15%+ in concessions over a period of 6 years. The company made astronimical profits over that time. Executives shared bonuses and raises while we were locked into a contract. Instead of saving money for a possible rainy day, they squandered billions on outsourcing maintenance, trying to launch a Business jet service and the infamous purchase of USAir. They promised us that at the end of the agreement, we would get what they called a seamless contract. We never did, and a restraining order was filed against us to prevent slow downs. Many mechanics were unlawfully terminated while this was going on and even the President was used to keep us from striking. September 11th came while all of this was going and we were emotionally wrecked just like everyone else. It seems our rainy day has come. Due to the company blowing billions, that rainy day was devastating. The other blow came from the company's arrogance to alienate leisure travellers in favor of Business travellers. Not long after 9-11, the government paid United as well as the others bailout money to offset the losses from the 3 days the country was grounded. They turned around and sent most of that to Dassault Aviation and Gulfstream for the bussiness jet venture that was abandoned not long after this transaction. When it came time for these discussions to come for all of us to take concessions, none of the executives came forth until this tuesday with any type of contributions to this cause. As far as the recent report of fines being levied on United for poor and negligent maintenance, most of our fleet is maintained by outside vendors and the quality control isn't there. We often find ourselves sitting in empty hangars wishing we had work to do. Without any type of work coming, we questioned our job security and therefore we couldn't see a future for us even if we did take the concessions. Thank you all for your time and I'll keep you all posted from the inside.
Mechanic, United Airlines