PI4EVER wrote:Get it while you can folks. Nothing is forever.
This is shades of the US merger in 1989 when the PS and PI employees merged to date of hire and advanced to the US "A" payscale in August, 1989. Increases of up to 50% were common, and unsurprising the Company reported a 22%+ increase in employee wage costs for the 4th quarter of 1989 alone, which continued for months and years on end in conjunction with other merger-related expenses. We subsequently implemented across-the-board expense cuts that included a hiring freeze, furloughs, wage reductions and freezes and increased benefit costs. The wage freeze $ was not re-paid to the employees.
The Company did not post an operating or net profit for years thereafter, and not until Stephen Wolf had come aboard to restructure the airline.
I wish the best for all AA employees, but it remains to be seen if these "happier" employees translate to better service standards, increased productivity and customer business and revenue for AA.
Just today I called AA reservations and was informed by an agent they could not book a passenger on AA and JL via NRT to Guam because the JL flight was not an AA code-share and therefore "we don't fly to Guam." The agent added "I don't even know the code for Guam. Sorry, I can't help you."
He turned down $2200 in revenue. Come on AA. How can you be the "greatest airline in the world" with one of your own partner airlines and your employees refuse or don't know how to generate revenue. Remember the old saying. "A butt in every seat and a smile in every window."
Some Special in the Air? Never was, and apparently never will be! Good Luck Folks. Get it while you can.
ckfred wrote:On a somewhat different but somewhat related note, where in the process are the pilots, in terms of unifying the seniority lists of AA, US East, and US West. I know the arbitration hearings were several months ago.
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