Yes, someone must be holding a gun to your head and forcing you to demand what it is you deserve from this airline. You are not old ore weak, just deserving of what you want from someone that doesn't feel obligated to give it to you.
They must also be telling you that you are not allowed to seek employment elsewhere. Last I checked, there were multiple carriers in the industry. I wonder why you aren't working for one of them? I wonder why we dont hear from those who are happy with their jobs. Do we only hear from the vocal minority? Did all the smart, logical, rational pilots go to work for other carriers?
They most certainly are telling you that the laws of capitalism suggest that if AWA were unfair, they would not be able to keep their planes in the air via key employees. Last I checked, they were performing better than ever. Maybe it is the vocal minority crying fowl here? I use the airline frequently and as far as I can tell---business is good. The only unhappy ones I ever meet are the other employees who don't agree with the case of the pilots.
Let us look at history. Last I checked, the pilots track record of calling the shots is not that great. Let's see.............Eastern, TWA, United................seems like pilots might not know as much as they profess to know. Am I missing something here? Have they done a good job somewhere that I don't know. I want to know both sides.
How about RJ's and Jonathon. Who is forcing the hand of these pilots starting with Mesa for the small handout they are working for? Does someone have a picture of these pilots with farm animals and is making them work for this small amount of pay, or are they happy to be employed--happy to have the opportunity--possibly happy to be the revolutionaries bring logic to an industry that has operated without.
I am not sure where I stand on this issue. I do know I am pulling for AWA and hate to see greed and ignorance ruin a good company---I just can't tell who has it---us, or the pilots?