Just what the doctor ordered for a new CEO to merge AMR with USAir, he sounds like a very mature person. I bet he threw a tantrum with his parents when he didn't get his way as a youngster!
In 2005, he merged America West with bankrupt US Airways and two years later, he attempted to purchase Delta Air Lines. While he was sure that investors would see the value of a combined US Airways-Delta, management and employees fought off the bid with a campaign of "Keep Delta My Delta."
The day Parker found out that Delta's creditors had rejected his bid, he was arrested for driving under the influence. He apologized to employees for his actions, pleaded guilty to the DUI and served his sentence of one night in a Phoenix jail.
A real union guy! What has he promised the AMR unions that he won't give to his present day employees?
Parker spends several days each month talking to employees, with regularly scheduled forums at the carrier's Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C., flight training centers. He said it's the best way for him to learn what is going on at the airline.
"This is what works for me," Parker said. "I'm really bad at this 'information is power' and trying to figure out when to disclose what. I'm just terrible at that. What I find works well is,'Let's lay all the cards on the table and talk about it.'"
Despite that approach, pilot groups from the former America West and US Airways unions have not been able to agree to a new contract, and the unions say Parker has been fine with the delays.
Pilots union spokesman James Ray said that Parker has not misled pilots and that the union always knows where he stands. However, the union sees his monthly employee meetings more as a carefully constructed corporate message to lower expectations than as a way to engage workers.
"He pays the pilots the least amount of all the airlines," Ray said. "He's wanted to maintain this cost advantage and by stalling and delaying. He's been able to do so."
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