I think the company also understands that it would get a lot more qualified pilot applicants with more domiciles. Imagine if NJA offered at least Citationshares' 25+ domiciles - so many more qualified pilots would be applying with that type of flexibility. Pilot attrition rates would likely decrease as well. It would be a win-win for both sides so long as NJA could negotiate ticket rates with the airlines from those domiciles.To make it short and sweet, one does NOT have to move when upgrading, regardless of what the bid posting may say about domicile. For instance, if there is a bid for 3 Excel captains in CMH, someone dumb-a-ciled in TEB could bid for the captain opening without having to switch dumb-a-ciles.
As for opening up basing, the company and union are engaged in interest-based bargaining (IBB). It's quite possible that there will some change to the current dumb-a-cile system but we won't know for sure until we see the IBB package, which is supposed to be in early October.
Until that time, it's all conjecture. The company has supposedly admitted that they see that the dumb-a-ciles are driving away newly-hired pilots. And supposedly the company has stated that some of the current HBA's (Home Base Airports) are "problematic" for them. So will there be a change to the current basing rules? We'll have to wait for early October to know for sure, but I think something will have to happen if the company wants to have any chance for the IBB package get ratified by the pilot group.
But again, that's just my opinion and your mileage may vary.
That said, NJA wants to maintain its bargaining position and it won't give it up freely (even though it would benefit recruitment and retention efforts as well). I would expect more domiciles to be added - it just makes sense...