7 cities.. including us.. are going on strike on May 8. 12 hour protest. I won't drive. Sends a message.
Sorry to hear that Michael. The NWA mechanics got screwed and you guys/gals have my upmost respect for standing your ground. Many sell outs have already outed themselves here and they will be the 1st to go out and take advantage of less crowded streets on May 8th. I too have struck and walked several picket lines including informational picketing as well. Pathetic to even think about it because they are going to scab themselves over a minimum wage job with zero benefits not worth fighting over. You on the other hand had a lot of lose and still fought the good fight. Kudos to you Michael77 !!! The drivers clearly have the power to make change but most are too obtuse and oblivious to realize that and will continue to drive for TNC no matter how ridiculously low the terms and rates go. They have already proven that here with rates at $0.60 per mile.I gave up a 100,000 dollar a year job at NWA by not crossing the picket line problem is people are scabs. 1000s of them and they will drive
Isn't the purpose of your "strike" to improve your own financial position by asking others to give up wages to add credibility to your negotiating power? You, my friend, are not a credible witness to call out someone else for being "selfish".Good job. Take care of #1. Selfishness is why we are paid so little. Keep focused on the short game and your pay will get even worse.
Aircraft mechanics are in high demand and it's a very highly skilled position. Heck, Delta has Flight Attendants making over 100K. Aircraft mechanics deserve every penny of that 100K job. What are your degrees in, MadTown?Uber drivers striking, ya whatever, I could go either way on that one. I probably won't drive just because I don't drive on Wednesdays anyway.
But about the $100,000 job as an airline mechanic: I kind of don't agree with that, and here's why.
I have two bachelor's degrees, one in a very difficult subject that weeds people out, and also an MBA. I have made several career moves over the past 15-20 years (admittedly some better than others) to get where I am today, and I'm still making less than $100k. I have had to "pay my dues" so to speak by working crap jobs for years before attaining more desirable positions. It has taken a lot of effort, and I've never had a union to represent me.
I'm not trying to be too critical of unions here -- we can discuss separately, and I'm not trying to rag on being a mechanic as I'm sure it's an honorable professional which requires quite a bit of technical competence and training as well as physical challenges, but it seems a bit lop-sided that they can make more than someone in my field.
Here's my rhetorical question:. If someone can make $100k as a mechanic, what incentive do people have to seek secondary education in technical fields? Yes, it can be fun and interesting, but quite often I wanted to do other things with my time and money.
Yeah, I hear ya, but I consider the principal the same. It's an organized job action in order to make a stand for better wages and benefits. TNC keeps craping on you guys because they know they can. The drivers hold the power to make some positive changes and if there is an organized effort to make that happen then anyone who is not onboard with it is no better than a scab in a strike.It's not a drivers' union so it's not a strike and those who work are not scabs. You and I signed up to drive knowing that we were independent contractors with no guarantee of earnings or benefits. If you don't like the net earnings, change your vehicle expenses or quit and do other work. I might or might not drive on May 8th, and it will be my own choice.
No. It is not the same.Yeah, I hear ya, but I consider the principal the same. It's an organized job action in order to make a stand for better wages and benefits. TNC keeps craping on you guys because they know they can. The drivers hold the power to make some positive changes and if there is an organized effort to make that happen then anyone who is not onboard with it is no better than a scab in a strike.