Nirvana,Nirvana wrote: I am not here to irritate anybody. I am entitled to my opinion and lets leave it at that. I have worked in this industry for many years and I think I may have learned a thing or two to along the way. You can disagree all you want and thats fine. Please, keep the insults to yourself.
I'm not sure what you've read that you've found to be insulting, could you specify?
You're right the $17,000/Year figure is low for Canadian Tier 1 & 2 carriers, but not unrealistic for the US Tier 2, and that is (what I believe the original poster was implying) the direction that pilot wages appear to be headed in Canada.
I did a quick search and scan through your contributions to avcanada and I gather that you're an Air Canada dispatcher? Do you not feel that you could add more to the conversation than trying to start disputes between employee groups? I fully agree dispatchers deserve to earn a healthy paycheque and I've never heard a pilot mention anything about them being overpaid, in fact most feel that the three employee groups with licenses (Pilot, Engineers, and Dispatchers) are all underpaid at AC. ACPA and the pilot group as a whole have gone to great lengths to ensure the viability of the airline in the last 10 years.
As you say you've worked many years in the industry so you should know better than to state that most pilots only work 9-10 days a months for $250,000/Year. When you look at the thousands of pilots with Commercial Licenses in this country, very few pilots' will every be fortunate enough to earn over $200,000/Year at any point in their career, those that do are at the top of the pyramid and generally consider themselves to be very fortunate to be there. However, as another poster alluded to earlier, they've earned it. Getting to Air Canada generally takes a decade of flying working for low wages right after making a HUGE investment in education and training. In fact if you averaged the career earnings of any AC pilot for their first 25 years flying professionally I would have no doubt that the figure would be less than $100,000/year. So you'll have to excuse us pilots for being concerned about the downward pressure on our pay.