'None of you guys have the balls to either walk or strike, all for the ultimate improvement of your lives if you actually did. Instead you'd rather keep your job and sit your arse in mediocrity. Because in the end, you guys get paid to nap and sleep all day and night.'.
Unfortunately, there is more than a grain of truth in those statements. Union rep, steward for years, and most pilots didn't care about the Local until management moved to discipline them. In their eyes, thgat was what their dues were for and paying dues and agency fees completed their obligation. If they felt like violating the CBA, job description, FARs, that was their preroragtive and none of the union's business.
Support a fellow pilot? Maybe, if they liked him and it wasn't inconvenient. Volunteer their time for a meeting, union local work, help a fellow pilot? No way and no way they would personally disagree with management, much less a job action to support the union.
Sign in for night duty complaining of being up all day? Declare a plan to sleep all night? Yes to both.
Leave a problem for the pilot relieving because the duty guy had other, non-job stuff to do? Yep.
I worked with pilots who would be out the door preflighting before I left. I worked with guys who drove me crazy preflighting my aircraft without notifying me before they signed in. But I also worked, for years, with guys who I never saw preflight in any way, including the pad video cam.
The company gor the union it worked hard to get. The pilots gets the union they work to keep.