Read these bits on another site and thought I'd share......
August 01, 2008 Sick-out???....an e-mail circulating that encourages FAs to call in sick on Aug 1.
I just heard this rumor today, was wondering if anyone else had heard anything through the grapevine... Apparently, the Flight Attendant's are planning a sick out for August 01 as a show of support and solidarity to our colleagues in our YHZ and YWG bases.
Now on the AC website there's a travel advisory stating "Lufthansa, Air Canada's service provider in Frankfurt and Munich, Germany, may experience a labour disruption starting Monday, July 28".
No confirmation here, but my DH, as a lowly airline employee, replies that he would not be surprised if it were true.
Air Canada employees have been asked to take so many cuts when the airline was in financial trouble; (pay cuts, holiday cuts, hour cuts, shift changes, loss of sick days and statutory holidays, etc.) and now that the airline is on it's feet again, what does it do? Lays off thousands of employees.
The employees who are left have to take up the slack, and I can understand why the FA's want to walk out in solidarity.
Unfotunately, it's the consumers (us) who will suffer the most in the long run, with disrupted flights and travel plans.
My guy is also an AC, doing NDT. They were going to have lay off's in their department, as part of the new wave of lay offs, but they have deiced against this.........maybe lay offs look a little stupid when he works four to five times a week over time...........so they decided no more over time so they could lay people off, they got so backed up, they are all working over time to catch up and they will not be laying any one off in their section.
When AC almost went down the toilet several years ago, employess gave up alot, and now they are not being treated so well with another 2 thousand looking to loose their jobs. However they did win a MAJOR decision yesterday legally, they must follow the rules regarding the lay offs, AC had sought to be able to do it without consulting union and they must give the 16 weeks notice. This was a big win for employees.
"The airline had sought an exception from the group termination provisions of the Canada Labour Code in the event the layoffs take place Nov. l.
"After carefully examining the application, I have decided that there are insufficient grounds to grant a waiver to Air Canada," Mr. Blackburn said in a statement.
I guess time will tell, but I personally do worry that all air lines are starting to out source and take short cutts in order to save money, and I worry about safety and and that is not even considering customer satisfaction.
"If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence."
I think it's well known that I hate airlines, and I hate airtravel. At the same time it's a necessary evil for me to get anywhere.
In the past couple of years I've traveled on most of the major carriers, and in my opinion, at least for the time being, Air Canada is near the top of the list for providing passenger services, which has improved drastically.
That said, it's an industry that is in trouble across the board. Solutions aren't easy... people want the services, but want low ball pricing. Employees want "fair" wages and benefits, which in the end could leave many of them unemployed because the industry can't afford the costs - which in turn causes a decline in services.
There's certainly deficiencies in management that have caused problems for the airlines as well and contributed to the overall malaise of the industry.
In today's economic climate I'm afraid it will take people much smarter than me to find a balance for this industry. But like many industries, management, labor and consumers all seem to take narrow views, looking at the problems from only their perspectives.