Saturday, August 12, 2006

A Letter A Friend Wrote...

I have a fellow flight-attendant who sent a beautiful message to his Theory X CEO...Very adroit... _____________________________________________________________________ Our Collective Strength Share the TRUTH! & Tell the TRUTH! Dear Doug and Suzanne, I am in receipt of your emails regarding TA2 being voted down. Most notably Suzanne Boda's email regarding our new work rules. A very sad day indeed that your further demonstrate your lack of regard for the FA group at a time you state you wish to bridge the gap between NWA and the employees. True you need relief from the FA group but not at the expense of our health and the time away from our families under these horrible work conditions. I knew in voting NO that this is what would be coming and prepared myself for just that. Thankfully I know how to save and have an education. Thankfully the employees are an educated group that too know how to save. You are not dealing with gadfly individuals here jumping up and down for a larger piece of the pie. You have a united workforce who is fighting and will fight for what we deserve and for what WE have worked for. You have a workforce that will not be beat down and watch you and all the "EXECUTIVE TALENT" take the spoils once this company is "righted". As I have stated in past emails to you, Doug, we are viewed as a liability here just like the mechanics, the pilots, the baggage handlers and every other employee here that does not have a managerial position. At times I feel my 20 years account for nil. You state you want to strengthen relations with the employee group. Your words have no meaning as they are not backed by what you say. All you have managed to do is take with nothing in return. Suzanne, in the long list of what you are taking (Centry Email 8/01/06) please tell me one thing you have given? Passes are no longer a perk, no job security, no time between flights to get food, long days and minimum rest, 35/7, no 8/24, 75-100 hour lines, reserve having to fly up to 87:30 before a release - NOTHING. The fa's in Hawaii, how do you expect them to survive with the high cost of living and no base allowance? A Sick pay rate of 75%? You will have many sick FA's coming to work. The means to buy food will far outweigh the desire to stay home for rest so one can heal. In my last email to you Doug I asked why one should stay employed here at NWA? You stated (paraphrasing) "many good things are in the works". NAME ONE?? With these work rules? You have again further driven a divide between the employees and management. I ask myself why am I still here? Tell me, please, what is good about my job making $32,000 a year supporting a family (wife and two children) and working under these conditions? 41 years old ............ 'why am I still here'? NOTE: The front line employee group is an angry one. Whether intentional or not it shows on our faces in the cabin. You do not care as demonstrated by your actions. I ask why should I care (rhetorical)? WE FA's are NWA. WE deliver your product. WE keep this airline running by showing up on time and doing our jobs with pride and dignity. WE are your front line people. WE keep the people coming back. WE, the employees, are the grease that keeps the wheel spinning. DO YOU NOT GET IT? You are not in touch with the employees. You never have been and by your actions you never intend to be. YOU WROTE: "To truly succeed in the air transportation business Northwest must be a "winner" with all employees. As we proceed in our restructuring, and restore the airline to profitability, we believe that we have an opportunity to renew our relationship with coworkers." This is how you "RENEW" the relationship with coworkers? You shove this down our throats? Repeating an earlier question, what is one thing of positive value you have given to the work force who built this airline? "'OPPORTUNITY" passed you up starting with the mechanics. You are losing many good people who can no longer afford to stay here. You will attract the Wal-Mart greeter mentality worker who was just fired from Taco Bell because he cannot make a chalupa. It is time for a new leader with a vision for its customer and employees to take the helm. Your workforce is going broke, literally. Your workforce is leaving. Too bad as you had many chances to make a difference. Jeff W.... - LAX


Blogger PipeTobacco said...


Thank you for your comments!

With the Amsterdam gift, I was thinking about the availability of the greener leaf in that region. I have always wondered about what it is like and wondered if you have ever sampled said while you were in Amsterdam?


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