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Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:47 pm

Imagine working for essentially the same company doing pretty much the same thing for 50 years. You are to be commended sir. See linked story.

http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150216/GZ01/150219641/1419

[Edited 2015-02-16 10:56:06]

[Edited 2015-02-16 10:58:24]
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:56 pm

Retires after 50 years... to become cabin crew? 
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Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:33 pm

CRW is a gem of a station for US/Piedmont. He should be commended. I hope their good work continues with a new manager.
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:53 pm

Great article. As a young puke, once in a while, I came across people in the industry who had given their all to the career and the airline life. There are some real veterans and pros out there. People who could tell you about Lockheed Constellations, and schedules in the 60s-70s. In the end, the cargo is human beings, at key moments in their life, and airline people do important work. Their work is too often ignored. The older folks have amazing stories. Good for the newspaper interviewing this guy.
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:12 pm

He seems like a nice guy that has really seen it all. I wish him well.
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:15 pm

Means a lot to see stories like this and how great it is when you have a dedicated work force that is there for the long haul. Becoming a rarity in the industry that is racing to the bottom in outsourcing. Well done!
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:58 pm

I know Jim and he's truly a great guy.
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:18 pm

Good for him! I think airline customer service/gate agents are really under appreciated in the industry, both by the general public and other airline employees alike. They often get a bad rep, when they often work harder and longer hours than flight attendants and pilots (not that I'm belittling the crucial jobs they perform).
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:37 pm

I like the "position closed" sign over his head in the retirement photograph. Nice touch!

And, of course, the pic of the various badges and business cards with the evolving logos. Viva Piedmont!
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:57 pm

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 1):
Retires after 50 years... to become cabin crew?

Damn, I thought I was so clever to have thought of such a comment and not only had someone else posted it, but it was the very first reply!  

In all seriousness, though, I find it fascinating to stumble on living history like this. Makes one wonder if there's anybody left who goes back to long-gone carriers from the 60's or even 70's. Obviously pilots have an expiration date, but in theory there might be ground, office or inflight folks with roots that go way back.
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:31 pm

Quoting knope2001 (Reply 9):
Obviously pilots have an expiration date, but in theory there might be ground, office or inflight folks with roots that go way back.

There are. Lifers are out there especially in smaller stations, but also at the legacy hubs. Laguardia is a young place. But small stations you will find people who enjoy the steady work and stay there decade after decade. I even knew some office staff from the 1960s. Important to recognize that most lifers see their career as something meaningful, not just a paycheck. Or, at least they did at one time. When tragedy strikes, and part of the system goes down, people take it very personally.
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:34 pm

Quoting Flighty (Reply 10):
There are. Lifers are out there especially in smaller stations, but also at the legacy hubs. Laguardia is a young place. But small stations you will find people who enjoy the steady work and stay there decade after decade. I even knew some office staff from the 1960s. Important to recognize that most lifers see their career as something meaningful, not just a paycheck. Or, at least they did at one time. When tragedy strikes, and part of the system goes down, people take it very personally.

In the small stations there are also the lifers that have worked for 5 airlines by now. Service changes and they immediately get re-hired by the next company. They don't have the 40 years with the company but the have the 40 years with the passengers.
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:45 pm

I remember this gentleman. When I was an F/A for Colgan doing the CRW-DCA shuttle he was always so friendly. I commend him on his service to US Air. Congratulations on your retirement sir.
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:26 am

I was CRW based for a while as well, he is very nice and knew his stuff. Congrats to him and best of luck in retirement. He earned it!
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:49 am

I'm surprised CRW is staffed by mainline agents. When I worked for DL at LGA the most senior agent was a '69 Pan Am hire.
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:55 pm

Quoting thegoldenargosy (Reply 14):
I'm surprised CRW is staffed by mainline agents.

It's not. It's Piedmont (but a lot of the agents are very senior).
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:30 pm

Congratulations and what an interesting article! I hope he is leaving knowing that he has definitely done a lot with his life, though I am sure most of us wish we had done more and learned more. But being an agent for 50 years is nothing to hang your head about. The skills he has acquired in human communication, understanding, empathy and kindness are some of the traits that, to me, make someone enormously successful.
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:27 pm

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 15):
It's not. It's Piedmont (but a lot of the agents are very senior).

Does Mainline US seniority carry over to Piedmont?
 
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RE: Gate Agent At CRW Retires With 50 Yrs. With US Air

Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:29 pm

Quoting thegoldenargosy (Reply 17):

The years of service carry over for flight privileges (of which he will have them for life).

But actual seniority does not,
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