American Airlines CEO Tom Horton tries to sway pilots against merger

Dec 14, 2012 Full story: Tulsa World

American Airlines pilots say the company's CEO is making his case for remaining an independent airline, but the pilots union still wants a merger with US Airways.

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steve

Rocky Mount, VA

#1 Dec 14, 2012
I know the bad feelings AA employees have for the top brass and no matter what major company, the top brass always come out smelling like a rose while the rank and file take the full brunt of the hit.
I just feel that AA employees are voting with their emotions and not their heads.What makes them think Airways management will be better?
When I worked for Airways, along came Dave Siegal and the employees felt this what was needed to get the airline on track. Almost everybody was euphoric and felt our troubles were over. He then took us through 2 chapter 11's in about 2 years. When his severance package was about to expire, he bolted only a few weeks after saying in a company video, he was in it for the long haul.He left with millions in his pocket.
The point is these type of people always land on their feet as Siegal was hired a short time later by a major company as a ceo. He failed totally at airways and yet some board of directors felt he had the credentials to run the company.
Airways has some of the lowest pay scales and still much labor unrest. They bring very little to the merger, the smallest widebody fleet among the majors, second tier hubs such as PHX,and PHL is maxed out with no room to grow. CLT is the only decent hub but with MIA, its value is low as a hub with South American service.
Just take time to meditate on what the merger will or won't do. Ceo's are like politicians, you know when they are lying when you see their lips move.

I wish the best for all at AA.

Since: Apr 08

Tulsa, OK

#2 Dec 14, 2012
steve wrote:
I know the bad feelings AA employees have for the top brass and no matter what major company, the top brass always come out smelling like a rose while the rank and file take the full brunt of the hit.
I just feel that AA employees are voting with their emotions and not their heads.What makes them think Airways management will be better?
When I worked for Airways, along came Dave Siegal and the employees felt this what was needed to get the airline on track. Almost everybody was euphoric and felt our troubles were over. He then took us through 2 chapter 11's in about 2 years. When his severance package was about to expire, he bolted only a few weeks after saying in a company video, he was in it for the long haul.He left with millions in his pocket.
The point is these type of people always land on their feet as Siegal was hired a short time later by a major company as a ceo. He failed totally at airways and yet some board of directors felt he had the credentials to run the company.
Airways has some of the lowest pay scales and still much labor unrest. They bring very little to the merger, the smallest widebody fleet among the majors, second tier hubs such as PHX,and PHL is maxed out with no room to grow. CLT is the only decent hub but with MIA, its value is low as a hub with South American service.
Just take time to meditate on what the merger will or won't do. Ceo's are like politicians, you know when they are lying when you see their lips move.
I wish the best for all at AA.
Read my Post on November 30:

'Oh goody! US Air, American West, and now American. Not one, not two, but three diverse labor groups with three distinct labor agreements, pay scales, and attitudes. What harmony! By the way, who's on first? US Air, American West, or American?'

What is Doug Parker promising to the AA employees that he hasn't resolved with his current labor group(s)?

Possibly laying off USAir employees and replacing them with AAers after the merger.
Jim smith

Addison, TX

#3 Dec 15, 2012
Parker is promising Golld paved roads for the pilots and as for the rest of us AMT's, ramp..... There are no Golden Promises, nothing..... The ONLY selling point anyone is looking at is you get rid of the Board of Directors.... The whole reason AA is in the situation it's in anyway.... These idiots need to pack their bags and get out of town..

Like the sticker I've seen says... "From first to WORST, time for new Management". That includes the BOD too..... If there is no changing of the management and BOD's how will anything ever change?????? These are the same idiots that have no business plan and no idea's.....

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