Wow, sorry to hear this. Seems like many airlines are looking into this option. Alaska Airlines is very close to replacing the AS
rampers with a sub contract. Granted it will save a few dollars for the company, I see many issues with contracted employees. Here are a few examples of my opinion:
When I put on my uniform, I know who I am working for. My airline is who I am dedicated to. I am dedicated to getting my flight out on time, reading tags to ensure the correct destinations, putting safety as a priority, and thanking my customer for their business. (Yes, I stand in the jetway waiting for Gate Checked Luggage, so I chat with the passenger.)
A contracted employee puts on a Contract uniform, and goes to work to get a paycheck. They dont care about anything but the paycheck. They dont care if the flight is delayed, nor do they care about safety. Contracted companies dont usually give any benefits such as medical, dental, 401K, and even flight benefits.
Contracted employees are offered a job in most cases if they meet the following guidelines:
1. You can breathe
2. You can see.
3. You dont have a felony (Criminal misdemeanor is fine)
4. You shower.
5. I cant think of any other criteria, but I wanted to have 5!
I am not slamming anyone on these forums that works for a contract company in any way. I see what contracts employ, and I cannot believe some of the people they have working for them. Sometimes I see people working for contracts that look like they just got out of jail, and got offered a work release program job.
You get what you pay for, and I am saddened to see airlines doing this. Passengers do look out the window, and see what the rampers do. I think it is sad to see airlines reverting to these moves.
As an airline employee, I look at the aircraft as "my" aircraft. In the eyes of a contracted employee, they dont see it that way. It is a metal object, with engines and wings. They are not proud of the company they work for, as an Airline Employee has something to be proud of as they represent the Airline.