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OSHA Orders Airtran Airways To Reinstate Pilot Under The Whistleblower Act

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co., to reinstate a former pilot who was fired after reporting numerous mechanical concerns. The agency also has ordered that the pilot be paid more than $1 million in back wages (avstop.com) 기타...

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ap23ap
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Nothing like regurgitating the talking points into a conversation.

“Darn that Kenyan Atheist Islamic Socialist Obama! More job-killing regulation is all we need. If airlines want to fire people who report safety concerns, the market will sort it out after a few dozen crashes, so why intervene???

“The market will sort it out after a few dozen crashes, so why intervene???”

Lets hope you never control OSHA
myronswanson
good.....i hope that sets a good example to all the other airlines.
preacher1
Did they really think they would get by with it?
canuck44
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Of course they did...they figured that 4 1/2 years dragging it out, they would bleed him out. Hopefully, they will award legal fees etc as well. It may not be over for the airline if the reported mechanical problems were ignored...there are probably four or five more agencies waiting for them.
preacher1
And now SWA has inherited all this.wonderful. Reckon AirTrans was able to hide this as pending or cast it in a "don't worry about it attitude" when they got bought out.
preacher1
I guess it could go to excess but why does a whistleblower have to go through this in the first place. Looks like OSHA or somebody could get into something like this on the front end, then again, even if they did, I don't know if I would like to work at a place with that back there, so I dunno.
WALLACE24
Getting reinstated could make work time uncomfortable. On the other hand he may now be almost untouchable.
canuck44
canuck44 0
The guy had to eat for all this time so probably has another job. Look for a lump sum settlement and for the airline to "buy back" the job to his age 60. We should hope he is 32....would be funny if he had gotten a job at SWA.
myronswanson
hiding those discreps made it possible for managemnt to take home a 20 million dollar bonus.
sstuff
sstuff 0
Yes, by hiding those “discreps” AirTran clearly endangered life and property and, as we have seen, the Whistle Blower programs did what they were intended to do. Kudos to the pilot who stuck it out until the events were successfully resolved.

What is not at all clear, however, is the reckless assertion that AirTran’s actions “made it possible for management to take home a 20 million dollar bonus.” Are there (as-yet uknown) facts that can shed light on this assumed relationship?
pnschi
pnschi 0
Darn that Kenyan Atheist Islamic Socialist Obama! More job-killing regulation is all we need. If airlines want to fire people who report safety concerns, the market will sort it out after a few dozen crashes, so why intervene???
upchucked
Damn right!!! OHSA involvement should be the same as the NLRB, nothing. Lets vote in someone who will get rid of these do-gooder agencies.
KauaiGolfer
Apparently Airtran is still Valuejet after all.
WALLACE24
Wow!! AirTran sure bungled that.

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