American Airways is telling flight attendants how disagreeable their jobs can be within the coming years in the event that they stick round on the firm, clearly as a method of attempting to get them to simply accept voluntary leaves or early retirements.
American has too many flight attendants
American Airways has made it clear that it has 20,000+ extra staff than it’ll want this fall. The corporate hasn’t but involuntarily furloughed any staff as a result of CARES Act funding it has obtained, which precludes it from doing so via September 30.
Nonetheless, come October 1, all bets are off, and widespread furloughs are anticipated. The airline has issued WARN Act notices to 9,950 flight attendants, which represents 37% of the workgroup.
This doesn’t imply that every one of these flight attendants can be laid off come October 1, however reasonably it implies that there’s a threat of that occuring.
The corporate has been attempting to get staff to simply accept voluntary leaves of absence or early retirements with the intention to reduce involuntary layoffs, however not practically sufficient staff have accepted these provides. The corporate’s newest technique appears to be to remind individuals how dangerous their jobs can be in the event that they stick round.
American has 20Okay+ extra staff than it wants
American paints grim image of flight attendant duties
American Airways’ SVP of Flight Service has despatched a notice to flight attendants about what they will count on come October 1, ought to they nonetheless be working on the airline. The memo claims that that is in response to a number of the questions the corporate has been receiving.
Because the memo states:
“I also want to make sure you fully understand the new reality of what your schedule and flying may look like. The reality is our business is going to change, moving forward and for the long-term. While we have talked about these ideas previously, it may be helpful to see it all together as you are deciding your future.”
The memo goes on to elucidate the next:
80% of flight attendants will spend a minimum of some months on reserve, and it will presumably even apply to these with over 35 years of seniority; for these of you not acquainted, “reserve” is when flight attendants don’t know their schedules prematurely, however reasonably are on name for any journey
Journeys will look totally different for flight attendants, as there can be loads of 4 day home journeys, with longer responsibility days, extra flights per day, longer sit instances, and shorter in a single day layovers
Fewer flight attendants can be working worldwide journeys via a minimum of the tip of 2021, as American’s worldwide schedule can be diminished, and American can be lowering staffing on these flights
Displacements are seemingly, which means flight attendants in some bases may must switch to different bases, which might translate to having to maneuver or commute
Masks can be necessary “for a while”
There can be fewer worldwide journeys for flight attendants to work
The memo then goes on to remind flight attendants of the present voluntary choices on the desk, as clearly the intent right here is to get extra individuals to simply accept these. It’s additionally talked about that these provides will not be round in a number of weeks, so in the event that they wish to settle for them, they need to achieve this now.
No less than the memo additionally has this (considerably) constructive message:
“I know many of you have already decided that you are in this for the long-term because you still love this great profession and/or you need the financial stability this job provides. We are truly thrilled that you are staying part of the team, knowing what is ahead. With this decision, you’re re-committing yourself to rebuilding our airline and everything the flight attendant job will entail moving forward.”
The corporate is saying to count on the longer term to look totally different
That is an attention-grabbing method for American Airways to take. On the one hand, it’s clear that is meant to color a bleak image of the longer term, to get flight attendants to voluntarily depart the corporate. On the identical time, the above might be a fairly life like have a look at the longer term, so I suppose there’s some value to American’s transparency?
What do you make of this memo to American Airways flight attendants?