1. Per Diem and work rules don't matter if you are never at home. The schedules are terrible. Many uncommutable on both ends and sometimes a 2-day followed by a 3-day, all of it uncommutable.
2. Complete lack of communication by the company. Their attitude is, "Hey, they can be happy to have jobs".
3. Very little plan for the future. They clearly did not plan well for this transition. What makes you think they are planning for the next thing? I think that in ATW
they are so insulated from what is going on that they are unaware of most of the problems except now they slowly are starting to see bad statistics.
Air Wisconsin has suddenly gone from being the best contract airline to being a place to avoid. I am very loyal and even I am putting out feelers at other employers. The situation has gotten ridiculous.
As far as I am concerned, they have demonstrated that they are not able to operate in the airline world. They got fat and comfortable with United. The next couple months will be critical. I truly think we will have to reduce the aircraft usage in order to make this work. That is never a good thing.
I just finished my second-last reserve days in DCA
. I sat for the last 3 days without getting used. And yet flights are being cancelled for lack of crews. We are also desperately short of mechanics.
It is my opinion that they expected everyone to just move along with this transition to the east coast and now, unexpectedly, people are leaving in droves.