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  1. torqued

    The new airline thread

    More productivity is good for the company because labor is the biggest single operating expense. If the company wants to reduce cost, they increase the productivity per unit of labor. But a cost still exists, so who's paying it and how? The employees are paying it with a different resource: time. That's because the company would like to keep their pilots in the seat more hours of the day, more days of the month, while reducing the employee opportunities for absenteeism. Of course, there are lots of people who are fine with flying their ass of for a big paycheck. And I'm sure there's no shortage of stories of PBS pilots who worked 3 days a month. But let's face facts, that's not the status quo. You're right that the unions committees and the voting memberships are responsible for the details of the scheduling section of the contract and the specifics very greatly from airline to airline. However, the two distinct categories of schedule management, line bidding and PBS, remain very different. PBS came into being during a period when pilots were a dime a dozen and the economy was poor and sold to the membership as a mutually beneficial plan to mitigate the threat of the company folding. As I understand it, every airline that does not already have PBS recently opened the last round of negotiations with "We want PBS" and their unions said "Absolutely a non-starter." Why? Because the union committees studied every other airline contract in the industry upside down and inside out and determined they have leverage and it's a regression in work rules. That is, if the membership values seniority rules and schedule flexibility above sacrificing personal time for productivity. And of course, not everyone does. There are good things about PBS, but when you compare the sum totals of the benefits of drawbacks of each system, there's a reason why the most financially stable airlines over the last couple of decades do not have PBS.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    True, and actually, that's exactly what I did last time. Still don't know who's wife it was.
  3. torqued

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I think I inadvertently deleted my post, but that was one awesome auto-correct.
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    Congrats on your retirement. I'm a few months behind you, and also trying to cover all the bases.
  5. torqued

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Until you get burned a few times by having the TDY cancelled last minute by the Guard Bureau (after you've taken military leave) due to lack of funds, cancelled by the Sq due lack of interest from other crewmembers, or cancelled by MX for broken aircraft. Then you sit around the Sq all week trying to recoup a fraction of your lost airline pay by logging doubles doing CBTs and OPRs if the network is up. I sure hope I don't sound bitter.
  6. Of course. What TSA employee wouldn't rather go to an airfield, impede productivity, annoy crewmembers, and hate their job for slightly better benefits?
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    While the Guard is better, it is not a solution. The Guard is also deteriorating. It's become Active Duty Lite. However, in the Guard, when people get pissed, they simply don't show up. Try getting anything done on a base with poor morale. This is a very recent change. I cleaned out a desk drawer the other day an on top was a document that referenced Air Force Basic Doctrine: Centralized Control, Decentralized Execution. I thought, Big AF is applying this doctrine not to war fighting, but nearly every aspect of the organization. Many of the daily stressors that I hear about in the squadron pertain, in a very large part, to the ceding of control and authority to "data collection" organizations off base. Finance, Persco, Comm... I went down to the Comm Sq last week to raise hell. I sat down with a TSgt and just asked why everything seemed broken. "Lack of manpower, lack of funds, lack of authority to fix anything, higher level organizations do not respond." It was the same when I stormed over to Finance demanding answers recently. My anger turned to apathy when, through conversation, I realized it really wasn't all their fault and there was little they could do, even if my issue became their full time job. It's the same shit everywhere I go on base. People want meaning in their work that comes through giving our people the means, flexibility, and responsibility to make progress. Nearly all of that has been removed and given to central authorities. The production order comes down from on high and you merely execute. We've all been relegated to double-shift factory work and few find satisfaction in that. Trying to work through this and checking myself for both pessimism and optimism, and allowing only realism - there's no way to untangle this mess without a comprehensive overhaul that likely will not happen until the most dire of circumstances.
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    Lying to reserve recruiter?

    Sounds like the Reserve recruiter won’t work with the applicant if the recruiter knows the applicant is simultaneously applying for Guard positions. He’s a recruiter. He’s going to tell you want he needs to keep you on the hook. Do the same.
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    The new airline thread

    Bingo. Every airline wants more productivity per employee, less absenteeism, and greater control over costs and scheduling. Every airline wants PBS.
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    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    Priorities for the next generation warfighter: Avoid conflict. No outward expressions of sexuality. No jokes, criticisms, or judgements. You must kill without glee, and also without question.
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    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    Using this logic, if we all get some sharpies and draw dicks near the offices of toxic, chickenshit Air Force leadership - they'll be fired!
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    The new airline thread

    Sure. I normally start with my company employee travel website first and that works 80% of the time. To find routes, I use passrider.com, flightlookup.com, rome2rio.com, flightconnections.com, expedia, kayak.com, etc. Apps: Flightboard for "right now" at the airport, StaffTraveler, and FlightAware. For international, myid90travel.com will give you a rough estimate of available seats, but I think you need a company provided account. To check specific loads and other questions, I normally just call the airline. Airline websites normally display seats sold, but don't show standbys. American Airlines Non-Rev: 1-800 933-5922 United Airlines Non-Rev: 1-800-359-3727 UPS Jumpseat: 1-502-359-1437 Yesterday, I got caught up in the mess around Chicago. Talked the company into releasing me from my deadheads early and had to get creative to get home. Passrider and flightboard got me home 18 hours early with one connection between United and Delta with near zero ground time.
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    The new airline thread

    Personally, I think travel is a chore and I treat it as such. I like free stuff so I'll make a list of options to get from A to B with the fam on Non=Rev. Prioritize the list according to seat availability, travel time, and number of stops. I keep a whole category of non-rev apps, websites, and 1-800 numbers on my phone. If I can save a few grand by Non-revving the entire family to Paris, that means better hotels, restaurants, experiences. It can be challenging, but there's always a way. That said, sometimes it's not worth the effort, but I'm more of a cheap bastard than most so I'll work for it. Always, always, ask the gate agent if they prefer Starbucks or Dunkin.
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    Latest Movies

    Holy S&!#! Chills.
  15. torqued

    Guard to Active Duty help (seriously)

    The Air Force has a pilot shortage. The AFPC person answering the phone/emails does not have a pilot shortage. It makes perfect sense for them to wave a magic wand and make a fully qualified Guard guy an Active Duty pilot, but you're one guy in a gray area for which a process either doesn't exist, is used so little no one knows how, or is so complicated that the effort can't be expended. Are you aware of all the long term AD orders available around the world? If your unit is willing to allow you to become a free-agent, the possibilities are endless if you dig for them.