Man, Northwest Airlines is evil. The airline is basically gunning to push itself into bankruptcy on purpose by forcing its mechanics union to strike. The airline asked the union to cut staff in half and sustain a 26 percent* pay cut. The union suggested that they take a 15 percent cut instead, to which Northwest extended the middle finger and brought on a fleet of scab workers that it had been building for 18 months. In that interim time, Northwest head honchos have been selling off their stock in the company -- eager to sink the ship but definitely not wanting to go down with it.
Until going on strike Friday night, a Northwest mechanic was making an average of $36 an hour. Northwest was/is demanding that the mechanics -- the half that wouldn't get laid off, that is -- accept an average wage of $26.53. But it is paying its scabs $32 an hour plus $2,000 starting bonus.
Grrr. Fuck you, Northwest. This is the same airline that my state, my tax dollars, bailed out a few years ago. This is the same airline that Minnesotans will automatically choose out of loyalty. But they are perfectly happy to let the whole thing go down in flames.
The guys who are out in front of the airport on picket lines all readily admit that they doubt their strike will work -- Northwest will declare bankruptcy and be free of its obligations to unions. Bankruptcy is part of the business plan. How fucked up is that? The union workers are simply leaving their jobs with some integrity intact. It's all very depressing and makes me want to run away to some ignored hinterland where corporations have no interest and I can live in peace in a mud hut.
So, wait. This lady bashes Puerto Ricans and the response is to want to give her a trip to Puerto Rico? How is that fair?
But, uhm, on a related note, have I mentioned how awful the Welsh are? Nothing but trouble them.
*That number changes, depending on the story you read -- it goes from 25 percent to 32 percent.