I don't know if Eagle pay is $5.50/hr... I believe it's a bit more. While so many people believe "mainline" agent pay is out of hand, I disagree. Many of my coworkers, with over 20+ years of seniority making $21-$23/hr is not unreasonable. That's about $45,000-$50,000 a year, full-time!
agents, majority part-time-therefore making less than the figure presented above, while not union, do have union-like rules in regards to job protection. These procedures were adopted after the major layoffs of 9/11. The new rules were developed after many concerns from the workgroups and believe it or not, management listened to agent input through many surveys and meetings. When I was placed on furlough recently,
I was given the option of bumping agents with less seniority in certain cities and was actually offered openings in three other stations (prefer not to state what cities were offered), one being almost 3,000 miles away! I don't think I was given enough time to decide, but in either case, I made my decision and took furlough.
JetBlue employees are new, give some of them, a few years and you'll notice a change.