I do think you're right on. I think the IBT with their huge political influence along with Zollars pulled it off , sredit where credit is due. Have to beleive the GS people had one arm about broke abehind their back and held their nose with the other hand. Thats business in this "transparent, holier than thou" administration. Don't have a problem with it, thats how it works, but cut the "gonna do it different" BS
Still on the Job, but at Half the Pay Published: Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 | 11:03 AM ET By: Louis Uchitelle The New York Times
The dark blue captain’s hat, with its golden oak-leaf clusters, sits atop a bookcase in Bryan Lawlor’s home, out of reach of the children. The uniform their father wears still displays the four stripes of a commercial airline captain, but the hat stays home. The rules forbid that extra display of authority, now that Mr. Lawlor has been downgraded to first officer.
He is now in the co-pilot’s seat in the 50-seat commuter jets he flies, not for any failure in skill. He wears his captain’s stripes, he explains, to make that point. But with air travel down, his employer cut costs by downgrading 130 captains, those with the lowest seniority, to first officers, automatically cutting the wage of each by roughly 50 percent — to $34,000 in Mr. Lawlor’s case.
The demotion, the loss of command, the cut in pay to less than his wife, Tracy, makes as a fourth-grade teacher, have diminished Mr. Lawlor, 34, in his own eyes. He still thinks he will return to being the family’s principal breadwinner, although as the months pass he worries more. “I don’t want to be a 50-year-old pilot earning $40,000 a year,” he said, adding that his wife does not want to be married to a pilot with so little earning power.