US Airways, United end merger talks

2010-04-22

US Airways said Thursday it has ended talks with United Airlines about a combination, preferring to remain a standalone carrier for now and wait to see if United and Continental Airlines reach a deal of their own. United did not directly address US Airways’ comments in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press, saying only that it continues to believe the industry would benefit from consolidation. US Airways’ announcement came after word that United and Continental had exchanged financial information as a prelude to a possible combination between those two carriers.

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Tomek

   Interesting tactics by the union, but ones that will almsot inevitably lead to more cabin crew who adopt them being disciplined or dismissed.Let's take the idea of cancelling a strike at the last minute. To be really effective, the union needs to be able to issue the cancellation notice a matter of hours before it is due to commence. Now, quite how they intend all their members to be notified that the action has been called off is unclear. It is almsot inevitable that a percentage of them will not get the message and hence not turn up for work however, that would constitute wildcat action, which is illegal and is invariably rewarded with summary dismissal. From a cabin crew member perspective, given the aforementioned risk it would pay to report for work regardless of any strike call. So the strike call is totally ineffective. The other angle on this is that BA would only need to stand down volunteers. That means that these people revert back to their day job. So no additional' cost involved. The only area where there might be costs is if BA has wet leased aircraft from other carriers. The idea of a work to rule' is equally fraught. The dilemma facing cabin crew is in divining exactly what constitutes contractual obligation. Areas like customer service are notoriously tricky. Handing out meals is clearly part and parcel of the deal, but what about assisting passengers ? At what point does it break down. How do the union propose to ensure that the response is uniform ? The whole deal runs the risk of individual cabin crew members being reprimanded/disciplined if the fall foul of it. I'm sure the union are not intent on getting more members dismissed, but these tactics seem to be driving them in that direction

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   I'm not stupid with my money. I'm not going to pay $9,000 for a first class tikcet vs. $1,000 for a coach. If I did stuff like that, I probably couldn't afford a Hummer to begin with. For long trips, normally I use my sky miles to upgrade to first class, but in this case, I used my sky miles to get the tikcet itself, so I can't upgrade it.

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   Interesting tactics by the union, but ones that will amoslt inevitably lead to more cabin crew who adopt them being disciplined or dismissed.Let's take the idea of cancelling a strike at the last minute. To be really effective, the union needs to be able to issue the cancellation notice a matter of hours before it is due to commence. Now, quite how they intend all their members to be notified that the action has been called off is unclear. It is amoslt inevitable that a percentage of them will not get the message and hence not turn up for work however, that would constitute wildcat action, which is illegal and is invariably rewarded with summary dismissal. From a cabin crew member perspective, given the aforementioned risk it would pay to report for work regardless of any strike call. So the strike call is totally ineffective. The other angle on this is that BA would only need to stand down volunteers. That means that these people revert back to their day job. So no additional' cost involved. The only area where there might be costs is if BA has wet leased aircraft from other carriers. The idea of a work to rule' is equally fraught. The dilemma facing cabin crew is in divining exactly what constitutes contractual obligation. Areas like customer service are notoriously tricky. Handing out meals is clearly part and parcel of the deal, but what about assisting passengers ? At what point does it break down. How do the union propose to ensure that the response is uniform ? The whole deal runs the risk of individual cabin crew members being reprimanded/disciplined if the fall foul of it. I'm sure the union are not intent on getting more members dismissed, but these tactics seem to be driving them in that direction

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