17 August 2006


I knew it couldn't last. My positive day has now come to an end. For now, at least. Maybe if I write this I'll get this anger off of my chest.

God! I am furious.

I had heard a rumor the other day about Northwest telling some of their employees that they could "dumpster dive" as a means to cut costs during the wage cuts and layoffs at the airline. I thought, "surely not."

But, alas, I have been amazed again. A very good friend of ours sent me a link to an article on MSN that reports that Northwest apparently produced a booklet of 101 money saving tips for employees. You may wonder why I keep berating NWA on this page. My partner of 14 years (in less than a month) has dedicated his life to the airline run by greedy pigs for 17 years. He has been an exemplary flight attendant. He's earned hundreds of hours of sick time because he always goes to work unless he really is sick. He is always courteous to passengers and his coworkers. He works for a non-profit run by and for flight attendants to provide assistance to FAs who have financial problems due to medical problems. He has been dedicated to his profession and his airline.

Now he's getting screwed by Doug Steenland (the ugly freak) and the six other top brass there.

Do you think that for one second the seven-headed Hydra at the top of NWA, who took millions in bonuses before they filed bankruptcy (and later magically found an unaccounted for $300 million during the bankrupcy hearings) would consider dumpster diving or moving to a less expensive place to live to cut costs?

Here is the article:

"Try Dumpster-diving, airline tells workers

Baggage handlers facing layoffs get 101 money-savings tips from employer Northwest Airlines, like moving to a cheaper place or never grocery-shopping while hungry.

By MSN Money staff and wire reports

Northwest Airlines, which has slashed wages and jobs and is looking to lay off more workers as it exits bankruptcy, has apologized for distributing a booklet of money-savings tips for workers that includes advice that they go dumpster-diving.
The fifth-largest U.S. carrier put the tips in a booklet handed out to about 50 workers and posted for a time on its employee Web site. The booklet was part of a 150-page packet to ground workers, such as baggage handlers, whose jobs will likely be cut after their union agreed to allow the airline to outsource some of their work.

Prepared with the help of an outside company, the booklet encourages employees to manage their money better and prepare for financial emergencies. In one section, called "Preparing for a Financial Setback," Northwest suggests that workers can take "a date for a walk along the beach or in the woods." It also says they should not be "shy about pulling something you like out of the trash."

Also among the tips: No. 48: Move to a less expensive place to live; and No. 59: Never grocery shop hungry.

'A bit insensitive'

Northwest spokesman Roman Blahoski says some employees were offended by the suggestions. He tells Reuters, "We agree that some of these suggestions and tips ... were a bit insensitive."

The airline said the list was inadvertently published in the resource guide without being reviewed by Northwest management. The airline has removed the list from the booklet and its employee Web site, the Detroit Free Press said."

Let's backpaddle, shall we? Lying cheats.

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