"Discipline of Pilots It’s no surprise to anyone that we all have been working under significant levels of stress in recent months. The combination of contract negotiations, the overall state of the industry, FAR 117, and especially the derailing of our operation have all contributed to that stress. But recently we have seen an increase in instances where a pilot’s response to that stress has escalated into disciplinary problems. This has been compounded by upper management’s increased belief that they can discipline our pilots into submission to solve their staffing woes. Our base has typically not had a high volume of disciplinary hearings in the past, but we are seeing an increase in mandatory meetings being required of our Chiefs by upper management. In addition to normal scheduling and attendance issues, we’ve also been addressing an increased number of pilots who have refused reassignment or abandoned their crew and/or aircraft at an out station. There is significant pressure from upper management to assess discipline on pilots who leave from an out station when rolled into a day off or reassigned. While we completely understand and share in your frustrations with scheduling and our current staffing issues, it is our responsibility to keep our pilots apprised of the possible company response to these actions. Any such refusal, abandonment, or failure to get released from a DH can (and lately, will) result in negative consequences to the individual pilot involved, other crewmembers, and the pilot group as a whole. · For the pilots involved, it may result in a negative outcome for your career in the form of a written warning, suspension, or termination, depending on circumstances. · For other crewmembers, your actions may cause fellow pilots to be stranded with a plane, unable to get home themselves, cancelled flights, or possibly the reassignment of fellow pilots to cover your flight. · For the entire pilot group, such actions often reach the upper echelon of our mainline partner and could provide them reason to discontinue their relationship with ExpressJet, which will negatively impact us all by making achieving future improvements to contracts, job security, compensation, and working conditions more difficult." Does anyone else just not care what happens to XJT any more? After all of the career stagnation and seemingly false hopes of ever moving on, I just don't care anymore. I've been to job fairs and have apps out. It seems like only the lucky or well connected ever get calls. I'm starting to wonder if I ever get the call for an interview if I'll even be able to feign enthusiasm for this fucked up industry. I like my job when the cockpit door is closed. I do however almost hope we close our doors here at Expressjet, just so I'll finally have a good excuse to quit this train wreck of an industry.