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Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Sun Sep 23, 2001 10:42 am

Alaska Airlines has opted not to copycat the other full-service U.S. majors making arbitrary 20% reductions in capacity and workforce. Instead, AS will keep its options open by taking a wait-and-see approach to determine whether cuts will be needed and, if so, to what extent. AS President Bill Ayer has stated that layoffs will occur "only as a last resort." Also, a number of alternatives to possible furloughs are being weighed by management and union representatives.

This common-sense approach positions Alaska to gain customers forfeited by other airlines in their knee-jerk haste to slash capacity and jobs in response to what will, IMO, be a very short-lived (weeks rather than months), albeit precipitous, decline in demand for air travel following an aviation disaster of unparalled magnitude,
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Sun Sep 23, 2001 10:49 am

I'm not in the airline industry but I'd like
to suggest an alternative. Instead off
laying off 20% of the work force, why
not temporarily scale down wages 20%?

Nobody goes into the unemployment line
and once things get back to normal,
bring the wages back up.

My $.02's worth...
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Sun Sep 23, 2001 10:50 am

Good for AS! This 20% cut that other US carriers are implementing seems to be an arbitrary % and copy-cat in nature.

Would seem that carriers would reduce capacity on a route-by-route basis rather than applying an arbitrary 20% cut.
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Sun Sep 23, 2001 11:00 am

A 20% pay cut by everyone, although the idea that seems to make the most sense, isn't feasible, as a job itself requires all sorts of costs, regardless of the pay.. I'm not saying I like it, that's the way labour laws are. A shame, really. I'd take a pay cut to keep my job if it was in jeopardy!
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Sun Sep 23, 2001 11:41 am

Not to mention, as mean as it may sound, with cutting 20% of the jobs, you only make 20% of the people unhappy. With everyone taking 20% off their pay you make 100% of the people unhappy.
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:16 am

Alaska has the good fortune of having limited exposure to the east coast.

Nobody in NYC feels like taking a vacation right now, nor will they likely want to in the immediate future.

AS also has the good fortune of not having any ops out of DCA.

US, DL, AA, UA and CO all had hourly service to their major hubs as well as hourly Shuttle flights to NYC and or BOS. The loss of this high yield market is devastating to many of the carriers, more do to US than any other.

A 20% reduction in service in some markets are appropriate. CO and DL both offered hourly flights between EWR and ATL. All of these planes are flying around nearly empty.

A reduction in international routes as the slow winter period dawns on Europe and the US. By the way, would you want to fly to the Middle East right about now?

Right now the industry is trying to stay afloat. Anything that wasn't making money or breaking even has gotta' go.

Why have 100% of your Spetember 10th workforce on the payroll, if there is nothing for 15 - 20% of them to do with all of these planes parked?

Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to be a make or break for many of the carriers.

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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:33 am

If you cut payroll for everyone by 20% I think you'll be cutting some people on the lower end of the pay scale down to a level where they can't afford to live. It's one thing to want to sacrifice for your company, but another if you can't support your family. For many, it is simply a better option to be laid off, collect unemployment and hopefully find another job that pays just as well (even if it may not be as rewarding personally).
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Mon Sep 24, 2001 4:14 am

AS has DCA-SEA that they just started and now is on indefinate hold. Nuff said.. Get it right folks.
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Mon Sep 24, 2001 5:20 am

That's because all carriers' DCA service is suspended pending the airport's reopening.
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Mon Sep 24, 2001 9:47 am

If 9/11 didnt happen, we wouldnt see any 20% cut in service or employee #.

just my 2cents.
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Mon Sep 24, 2001 1:03 pm

"If 9/11 didnt happen, we wouldnt see any 20% cut in service or employee"

No kidding. You're a smart one....
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RE: Alaska's Common Sense Approach

Mon Sep 24, 2001 1:31 pm

Alaska DID cut their schedules by 15%.
They have not announced layoffs thus far.

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