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Northwest Reaches Tentative Deal With F/As  
User currently offlineLUVRSW From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 498 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/...-07-17-nwa-flight-attendants_x.htm

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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2461 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

Somewhat good news.

I would like to see them update their interiors. But methinks its a pipe dream.

XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4566 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

Great news on the deal. Lets hope the members approve it.


Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

Good news for NWA as they continue to put the screws to their employees.

If NWA got the cost savings they required, that probably means the loss of thousands of US based flight attendant positions.

It's another sad day in our business.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineN908AW From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 934 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2800 times:

At least the F/As weren't cowardly to vote 96% on a strike.

On a side note, how is the XJ pilot situation going? Do they have any progress at all?



'Cause you're on ATA again, and on ATA, you're on vacation!
User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 3):
Good news for NWA as they continue to put the screws to their employees.

If NWA got the cost savings they required, that probably means the loss of thousands of US based flight attendant positions.

It's another sad day in our business.

Why do you think this? Certainly this contract isn't any worse than the one that was voted down, and nowhere in that contract did I see where there would be any significant loss of US based FA positions.



"If the facts do not conform to the theory, they will have to be disposed of"
User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 5):
Why do you think this? Certainly this contract isn't any worse than the one that was voted down, and nowhere in that contract did I see where there would be any significant loss of US based FA positions.

Something I read said that the rejected contract would "push 1200 flight attendants into early retirement" whatever that means. I just hope those NW execs in the end walk away from that company with NOTHING. I know it won't happen.



Good goes around!
User currently offlineBraniff727 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 686 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

Quoting Floridaflyboy (Reply 6):
Something I read said that the rejected contract would "push 1200 flight attendants into early retirement" whatever that means.

I believe that was referring to an early retirement package being offered to flight attendants. It was a voluntary early out thing. Hardly a bad thing, wouldn't you agree?



Climbing
User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 3):
If NWA got the cost savings they required, that probably means the loss of thousands of US based flight attendant positions.

Could you give us your insiders view of that statement!!


User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3105 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

Courtesy: KSTP-TV

NWA, Attendants Reach Agreement

http://kstp.com/article/stories/S17624.html?cat=1

Video Report:

http://kstp.dayport.com/viewer/viewerpage.php?Art_ID=168075


User currently offlineDTWAGENT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

Well now... If XJ management can get their act together, everything will be running some what smoother.... I hope that at both carriers it does not mean Layoffs.... Right now NWA wants to add flights. How can they do that if they lay off people....?????

Chuck


User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

Quoting Bobnwa (Reply 8):
Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 3):
If NWA got the cost savings they required, that probably means the loss of thousands of US based flight attendant positions.

Could you give us your insiders view of that statement!!

Well, for starters, the company has said from the beginning that they will require foreign based flight attendants to staff pacific flights.

And what is YOUR insider's view?



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 11):

Well, for starters, the company has said from the beginning that they will require foreign based flight attendants to staff pacific flights.

And what is YOUR insider's view?

That was thrown about as a last resort if the FA's didn't accept the terms of the agreement. Nowhere in the voted-down contract or the recently approved contract does it stipulate that happening.



"If the facts do not conform to the theory, they will have to be disposed of"
User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2423 times:

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 12):
That was thrown about as a last resort if the FA's didn't accept the terms of the agreement. Nowhere in the voted-down contract or the recently approved contract does it stipulate that happening.

And as the details of the contract have not been released to the public, you got your information from where????

I'm just going from the press releases by NWA.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 13):

I have not seen any press releases from NWA that said they were going to eliminate "thousands of US FA positions". This most recent news piece talks about "survival", so it doesn't seem that there is going to be a significant loss of jobs. I'm just not sure where you got the idea that thousands of FA's were going to be replaced.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...icle?AID=/20060717/NEWS99/60717001



"If the facts do not conform to the theory, they will have to be disposed of"
User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Quoting KarlB737 (Reply 9):
Video Report:

http://kstp.dayport.com/viewer/viewe...68075

One of the last things the reporter said was that "many Flight Attendents feared that NWA was training replacement Flight Attendents overseas."

To me this lacks a lot of logic and understanding of work rules in the US. Can you imagine the legal fees for getting thousands of Work Visas? In the current anti-immigrant/foreign worker environment, do you think it would fly with the public and the politicians?

You have to pay them not in Rupia or whatever you have to pay them in Dollars. They have to have an address in the US to work in the US, a job that will provide them with enough money for foood and housing, background check ($$), Visa application ($$) interview at a US embassy, 3 to 6 week...sometimes longer waiting/processing period, and then they can work within US borders. You can't just fly them in and let them work for a few days and then fly them out, that is illegal. And if they decide to become US citizens...then you have legal problems for NWA. They can then demand the rights of all US workers. Infact...even with a green card a foreigner working in the US can demand equal treatment in the work place to their US counterpart.

Not to mention the US has limits on how many green cards can be given out in a year. If they all went to NWA, the INS investigative wing would be busting down the doors in Eagan.

It took a student of mine 3 months to get a 2 year student visa. Do you think NWA can get 1000 greencards in a few weeks?

This whole "cheap labor is gonna replace US based flight attendents" thing is just a load of uneducated illogical crap.

I am happy the NW F/A made agreements. I don't like how they are being treated though. I hope that when NWA becomes profitable again, the management will give a bonus to the people who make the airline actually work. Without the pilots, FA, and ground people there is no airline.



Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 827 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Quoting Centrair (Reply 15):
It took a student of mine 3 months to get a 2 year student visa. Do you think NWA can get 1000 greencards in a few weeks?

They would be getting H1 work permits first. There are no more to be given this fiscal year. So, NW would have to apply along with many other companies on behalf of these FAs. There is a cap, I think 60k per year (unless it was chnaged). These people need to be paid +-5% of the prevailing market wage in the given region.

Only after these FAs would be here long enough legally then they could apply for green cards.

I do not think this is what NW intents doing.



The Widget Air Line :)
User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2285 times:

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 14):
Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 13):


I have not seen any press releases from NWA that said they were going to eliminate "thousands of US FA positions". This most recent news piece talks about "survival", so it doesn't seem that there is going to be a significant loss of jobs. I'm just not sure where you got the idea that thousands of FA's were going to be replaced.

It's not my intention to argue with you as neither of us have access to confidential contract negotiations.

It was my impression (I guess is a better way of wording what I said) that job losses would be significant. The company, i believe, claimed to seek $195 millions in concessions from the flight attendants. At 9,000 (give or take) flight attendants, that's an average of $21,000 in cost reduction per flight attendant. That indicates to me that there will be a major, major reduction in force of the highly compensated US based flight attendants.

I could be wrong. We all could be wrong. I'm just voicing my opinion.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
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