WGW2707: Your just another passenger who thinks were over glorified waiters. You have NO Idea what my personal background is and yes I do go to school! Eventually, I CAN RUN
an airline if I chose to do SO.
Let's see you try to manage relationships with partners scattered throughout the globe, rigorously examine your firm's accounting to ensure compliance, stay up around the lock negotiating new financing deals, analyze your cost structures to eliminate unneccessary costs on an ongoing basis and in general, make a profit in a 2% margin industry. I doubt that you could run an airline, I doubt that I could run an airline. Airlines are probably the most technically demanding business due to the extremely narrow margins, high fixed costs and intense competition.
I am not disposable! Half the management team is because half of them we don't need.
, then assuming you're suddenly made CEO, try going into the corporate headquarters and firing half of your people, and see what kind of airline you can run. Say good bye to half your senior executives, half your vice presidents and so on. So you'd have 50% of an accounting department, and as a result only 50% of the books could be audited, you'd have 50% of a legal department, so only 50% of the lawsuits against your company could be contested, and you'd have 50% of an operations department, so only 50% of your flights could be dispatched in a safe manner with everything they needed on board. The result is an airline that makes pre-1991 Aeroflot look good.
BREAK! What about tiltons 3 million sign on bonus? And his stint at a company paid hotel.
What, you want him to sleep out on the street at night to impress bankers he's meeting with of United's impoverished condition?
That's the problem we need REAL AVERAGE everyday people running a airline.
Like James Goodwin?
People who knew what it was like to start at the bottom and work up. Thankfully in my company people are like that. They started out as FAS making 12.00/hour 10 years ago and now they are well paid in upper management. So much for disposable huh!
The point is this-if you're dissatisfied with the pay associated with being a flight attendant-quit. Become an accountant. Become an engineer at a high-tech company. Become a lawyer. The jobs are out there-jobs that can easily get you a six figure income and everything you want from the world. You just have to take the step to go out there, learn the trade, and take advantage of the opportunity.
Basically you and other flight attendants are suffering from structural unemployment. Structural unemployment is unemployment that affects certain industries or geographical areas. The downturn in the industry caused many airlines to lay off flight attendants, pushing the supply curve for flight attendants to the right while shifting the demand curve to the left. The result=low wages. So really for you to complain about declining salary conditions in such an industry condition is absurd-if you want a high salary-the jobs are out there. You might have to get a new degree or retool your resume somewhat, but the profits are out there, and to be frank if you stay in this industry given the current crises that affects it, you have no business complaining about low wages and benefits.