TWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2080 times:
I just came off a Spirit Airlines flight from FLL to LGA (absolutely miserable but thats for another time) and I noticed that all groundhandling work was contracted out to Hudson General, at both FLL and LGA. Is Hudson a unionized firm? How are they able to perform cheaper than if Spirit did the work itself? And how many airlines are alowed to contract out groundhandling at airports. I know TW was forced to use IAM at all its bases, and in Europe they were stuck with their own very expensive work force.
Rootsgirl From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 530 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2061 times:
Is it the same Hudson General as in Canada? The Canadian Hudson General is unionized. A lot of the handlers worldwide have deals with the AA (airport authorities) I know we were discussing providing our own check in/handlers in Italy and we were told NO, we must use the local handlers that have the contract there. If we as much as bring our own people, even to help with baggage, the union will strike. Same as Nassau. They are so tight there and because they are contracted and have a deal with the government there is nothing you can do about it. It gets frustrating sometimes to ask ground handlers to do something and they say sure, walk away from you and never come back!! Pax think it is the airlines' fault when delays occur, but a lot of times it is a result of things like this!
I don't know whether all their stations are unionized or not, but I do know that their Calgary (YYC) station was represented by the IAMAW.
Subcontracting is a common cost-cutting measure. I'm not entirely for it, but for many airlines it works well. It allows them to minimize their capital costs, gives them more flexibility, insulates them a bit from labour problems (particularly if different stations are different subcontractors), and so on.