American Airways is telling flight attendants how disagreeable their jobs might be within the coming years in the event that they stick round on the firm, clearly as a manner of attempting to get them to just 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’s going to want this fall. The corporate hasn’t but involuntarily furloughed any staff as a result of CARES Act funding it has acquired, which precludes it from doing so by means of 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 might be laid off come October 1, however moderately it implies that there’s a threat of that occuring.
The corporate has been attempting to get staff to just accept voluntary leaves of absence or early retirements with a purpose to reduce involuntary layoffs, however not almost sufficient staff have accepted these affords. The corporate’s newest technique appears to be to remind individuals how dangerous their jobs might be in the event that they stick round.
American has 20Ok+ extra staff than it wants
American paints grim image of flight attendant duties
American Airways’ SVP of Flight Service has despatched a be aware to flight attendants about what they will anticipate come October 1, ought to they nonetheless be working on the airline. The memo claims that that is in response to among 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 at the least some months on reserve, and this can 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 upfront, however moderately are on name for any journey
Journeys will look completely different for flight attendants, as there might be a variety of 4 day home journeys, with longer obligation days, extra flights per day, longer sit instances, and shorter in a single day layovers
Fewer flight attendants might be working worldwide journeys by means of at the least the tip of 2021, as American’s worldwide schedule might be lowered, and American can be lowering staffing on these flights
Displacements are seemingly, which means flight attendants in some bases may should switch to different bases, which might translate to having to maneuver or commute
Masks might be obligatory “for a while”
There might 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 just accept these. It’s additionally talked about that these affords will now not be round in a number of weeks, so in the event that they wish to settle for them, they need to accomplish that now.
At the very least the memo additionally has this (considerably) optimistic 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 anticipate the long run to look completely different
That is an fascinating strategy for American Airways to take. On the one hand, it’s clear that is supposed to color a bleak image of the long run, to get flight attendants to voluntarily go away the corporate. On the similar time, the above might be a fairly practical take a look at the long run, so I suppose there’s some value to American’s transparency?
What do you make of this memo to American Airways flight attendants?