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Question About Working For UA

Tue May 15, 2007 6:05 am

Hi, i was just offered a seasonal job at BOS for UA, and i would love to take it. However, i have already accepted a job as a waiter somewhere else. My waiter job is a set schedule, and may conflict with my UA schedule. I dont really want to give up my waiter job because it much better money (i'm a college kid lol), but working for an airline would be the coolest experience. Thus, i want to keep both and so, my question is: How are shifts bid on? How often? I know that they are done by seniority, but what kind of shifts can i expect? It is part-time, so roughly how many days a week is that?

I know its different for each station and all, but perhaps someone already in this position could help.

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RE: Question About Working For UA

Tue May 15, 2007 6:23 am

Shifts are bid according to seniority - They usually have 1 line representing each shift available (seperated into fulltime and parttime). The most senior agent would bid first, and then that line is removed, then the second, third... Until only 1 line is available - that would be your line (or shift). I don't know what the local policy is on trading shifts/days, but that is one of the benefits of working for an airline - Flexibility!! As a part timer, you would probably work 4-5 days a week from 20-30 hours per week. Don't expect weekends off for quite some time, unless sombody mis-bids  Wink.
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RE: Question About Working For UA

Tue May 15, 2007 7:44 am

the UA job will have zero flexibility. Unless you can work your waiting shifts around the UA shifts you have no chance of those two jobs working together. I've been in the same boat as you are, and I must say that while working an airline job is great fun, it is also quite satisfying to work a job paying a decent wage in the summer and have the ability to pay your electric bill come february.
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RE: Question About Working For UA

Tue May 15, 2007 7:56 am

Right. It only works if you can find someone to trade with. The airlines won't (can't) work around your schedule.
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RE: Question About Working For UA

Tue May 15, 2007 8:36 am

What position were you offered?

Although we had no seasonal employees at MIA, I would guess that as a seasonal employee, there would be limited, if any trading. I was able to juggle a full-time 9 to 5 job, run home for a little snack and a quick nap and then work 8 p.m. to midnight at UA. This never interfered with my schedule; however, when I was on the a.m. shift, (4 a.m. to 8 a.m.), I did quite a bit of trading to the point that I worked only one morning a week and then made up the rest of the hours during weekends. The key is the trading.

Another thing...depending on the position, there may be some training involved. There is no flexibiilty in scheduling your training so you need to make sure your waitering schedule fits around that.

Good luck to you!!!!
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RE: Question About Working For UA

Tue May 15, 2007 8:54 am

I don't think you can trade/give-up hours until you pass probation (6 months). UA has what it calls RDOs, for rotating days off. You work 5 consecutive days, and then you're off for 2. You get two consecutive weekends about every other month. At the end of the season, depending on staffing they may offer you a permanent position. If you work hard and get along with others, particularly your supervisors, then they will probably be willing to help accomodate you as best they can (keep in mind there are union rules, such as seniority that may make this a bit harder- particularly when someone likes to throw their seniority around). Since your in school (if they think your worth keeping) they might help you. As for your other job, you might not be able to do both. It depends on why your working. If your parents are supporting you (partially or mostly), I would take the job with UA. The pay isn't great and its not very flexible but its a good experience, particularly if you use the flight benefits. If you don't plan to fly, and money is of importance, keep your current job. You'll probably be better off in the long run anyways.

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