Regarding tech and the future of Dispatch. I read the thoughtful posts expressing confidence in the long term job security and fat paychecks we currently enjoy. Were I five or ten years away from retirement I wouldn't worry too much. But I'm not. And although no one can predict the future I submit that the Dispatch profession will change and it won't be for the better if we don't stick together. If they can get rid of the FE, they can certainly marginalize our profession. With the FE, Boeing and the airlines worked together with the express purpose of eliminating the third crewmember. I can forsee a similar "synergy" between the flight planning software companies and our employers. Finally the "super dispatcher" concept was SOP in the 1970s at UAL. For those unfamiliar let me paint the picture; entire shift of flight followers generating paperwork, and a super dispatcher or two or five, finalizing and signing each release. Guess who makes more money. This is not a what if. This was the reality. The Union is our only protection. I guess the purpose of my rant is to raise awareness. There a very smart people working at levels above us in the airlines who are trying to end this party. Make no mistake. Stay strong with the Union, kick ass on the desk, and above all add value to the operation.