2021 Oct 10, 5:57pm
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URGENT: A Southwest Airlines pilot explains why you will not hear anything about vaccine mandates from his union - and why Southwest has more flexibility than it admits to stand up to the White HouseAlex Berenson 2 hr ago 383The pilot emailed following the first Southwest post today (and provided his SWA ID to prove his identity). He asked that I paraphrase the email.Essentially, the union cannot organize or even acknowledge the sickout, because doing so would make it an illegal job action. Years ago, Southwest and its pilots had a rough negotiation, and the union would not even let the pilots internally discuss the possibility of working-to-rule (which would have slowed Southwest to a crawl).But at the moment the pilots don’t even have to talk to each other about what they’re doing. The anger internally - not just among pilots but other Southwest workers - is enormous. The tough prior negotiations notwithstanding, Southwest has a history of decent labor relations, and workers believe the company should stand up for them against the mandate. Telling pilots in particular to comply or face termination has backfired.—Meanwhile, Southwest has more flexibility than it has acknowledged. Federal contracts represent about 3 percent of its revenue, but even the Biden administration CANNOT alter existing contracts (please note, I have not checked this, though it seems reasonable); Southwest is only at risk of losing future contracts.This pilot believes that the fact that the airlines received $25 billion in no-strings-attached cash for “payroll support” last year (as well another $25 billion in loans) has made them particularly reluctant to stand up to the Biden administration. Southwest’s CEO, Gary Kelly, may be in an especially tough spot since he is the head of the airline lobbying group.—Finally: This pilot says he loves Southwest and finds the crisis painful but feels that if this is the only way Americans can stand up to these mandates, then let the chips fall.
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I just realized my friend 69 years of age, no health problems, no comorbidities, unexpectedly died in his sleep in May, may have received the vaccine soon before his passing. I spoke at his funeral.The widow, also a friend, and his two adult kids, have been too much in shock and too grievous, to broach the topic. Even now she is still too much immobilized by the shock and grief. The guy had no obvious health problems. He was a serious hiker in the Bay Area hillside trails. He'd think nothing of doing a 20-mile hike. The hike up to Mission Peak was like a walk in the park for him.There's been no talk of an autopsy. I don't want to bring it up.
This massive increase in "rare" deaths does not seem to be slowing down in the least:
Source is CDC data, plotted by our very own @Onvacation
Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers Walk Out Because of Vaxx Mandates, Southwest Airlines Officially Still Blaming the “Weather”
“We are Not Going to Fire Any Employees Over This”: Southwest CEO Comes Out in Opposition to Biden Vaccine MandateOctober 12, 2021by Kyle Becker
Southwest really doesn't want you to know that their pilots might be striking in droves against the vax mandate
https://beckernews.com/we-are-not-going-to-fire-any-employees-over-this-southwest-ceo-comes-out-in-opposition-to-biden-vaccine-mandate-42505/ “We are Not Going to Fire Any Employees Over This”: Southwest CEO Comes Out in Opposition to Biden Vaccine MandateOctober 12, 2021by Kyle Becker
No, they won't be fired, they'll just be put on unpaid leave.
WineHorror1 saysNo, they won't be fired, they'll just be put on unpaid leave.I dunno. There is a pilot shortage right now and "unpaid leave" pilots would be near impossible to replace.
I dunno. There is a pilot shortage right now and "unpaid leave" pilots would be near impossible to replace.
HeadSet saysI dunno. There is a pilot shortage right now and "unpaid leave" pilots would be near impossible to replace.Why would they care? Their reward for following the narrative will be a massive bailout for management and shareholders...win win
The not-so-friendly skiesAlex Berenson 7 hr ago Get ready for turbulence ahead.Yesterday American Airlines had almost 300 of its flights canceled, almost 10 percent of its total schedule, far more than ANY other carrier in the United States (Southwest remains second), and another 673 delayed. It is no doubt purely coincidental that I have heard from multiple pilots at American this week and that its pilot forums are filled with anger at the vaccine mandate.It is also no doubt a coincidence that Delta - which has had far fewer problems than the other big carriers - has been the only one NOT to impose a vaccine mandate.Meanwhile, though they still insist last weekend’s meltdown had nothing - NOTHING, I TELL YOU - to do with their vaccine mandate, Southwest’s executives have dramatically changed their rhetoric about said mandate. ...I leave you with this email from yesterday:I‘m a paid subscriber and thankful to be so. I’m also a pilot and fly international routes. On our trip back today from Europe to one of the airports in Texas we heard quite a bit of chatter on the 121.5 emergency frequency we always monitor. We figured out that it was people saying “Let’s go Brandon” and in some cases something worse😀And we heard this most of the way after crossing the Canadian border. In my 20+ year the frequency has always remained silent. Not today.
we heard quite a bit of chatter on the 121.5
Earlier this month, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) filed a lawsuit to prevent the carrier from mandating that all its workers get vaccinated. The union asserts that Southwest, which last week experienced thousands of flight cancelations and delays, illegally changed work rules instead of negotiating with them.
Hundreds of Southwest Workers Protest COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates at Airline’s HeadquartersBY JACK PHILLIPS October 18, 2021 Hundreds of Southwest Airlines employees protested outside the carrier’s headquarters in Dallas against the pending COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to footage posted online.
Southwest Airlines Backs Off Plan to Put Unvaccinated Employees on Unpaid LeaveBY JACK PHILLIPS October 19, 2021Southwest Airlines told its employees that it will delay a plan to place workers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 on unpaid leave if they haven’t yet obtained a medical or religious exemption.
This only helps those who applied for a religious or medical exemption, and then only if the exemption is later approved.
It is offensive that they could even "investigate" your religious beliefs and maybe deny your exemption.
This is why I made my exemption about my "religion of one", and unrelated to organized religion at all.
My position is that I don't want to take the Covid vaccine... for RATIONAL and OBJECTIVE reasons.
You own personal beliefs are your personal religion. No one needs any "authority" to validate their beliefs.
She just stated her beliefs (snip) And she was approved,
Not a real victory:Southwest Airlines has scrapped a plan to put unvaccinated employees who have applied for but haven’t received a religious or medical exemption on unpaid leave starting by a federal deadline in December.This only helps those who applied for a religious or medical exemption, and then only if the exemption is later approved.
Dear Awesome Peggy !I LOVE YOU. You are famous here at Southwest airlines and we all love you. You have done us all such a great service. We are all Angry and deflated. Even the pro Vax crowd is outraged at the mandate. Your video changed the companies position slightly. They softened there posture on the exemptions. Un paid leave has been removed! If the exemption is denied we can change it up and re submit it. Now if we miss the deadline we are still allowed to work until it's approved. It is my understanding that you are responsible for that for us. I know of a handful of my co workers whose job you have saved. Prior to your video they were just going to go ahead and be terminated. The companies previous stance left them with no hope for an exemption, being so deflated they just threw in the towel and gave up.If you ever need a friend. You have thousands over here .God bless you!!!SOUTHWEST AIRLINES MECHANIC
Are Penitentiary inmates required to get jabbed? Or would that be considered trampling their rights?
Penitentiary inmates required to get jabbed?
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