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  •  I don't understand (13+ / 0-)

    why companies insist on unpredictable hours.

    My sister worked for a year for Northwest Airlines, scheduling flights. They only offered a part time schedule -- 20 hours a week, so she couldn't possibly make enough to live on (fortunately she didn't have to since her husband worked full time).

    This kind of job might have been great for a student, however, the schedule was different each week, so a person couldn't work for them and also take classes.

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    by JamieG from Md on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:55:27 PM PDT

    •  Working for the airlines was once seen (8+ / 0-)

      as a well paying career type job in virtually any capacity.

      I still remember the Pilot of the US Air flight that made a picture perfect landing on water saving all the passengers making an emotional testimony to congress about how Pilots are mistreated too. That used to be a ticket to the 1%. Only for a very few now if any.

      The starting pay for most jobs borders on ridiculous. I think airline employees need to spend some money on a public campaign about how badly they are treated and how poorly they are paid.  The perception alone may help. People have to put up with the far more indignities to fly these days. They are treated like cattle. It may help to let them know the employees aren't treated any better.

      They may not care as much in other industries but letting them know that the people responsible for planes flying them at 550 MPH in in thin aluminum skins are being maltreated while management takes off with the loot despite the US Air and American Merger which seems hunky dory now. Give it 3-5 years.

      That's basic safety we are talking about.

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      by Dburn on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:31:42 PM PDT

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    •  Because they don't want you (11+ / 0-)

      to work for anyone else.

      That reduces your dependency on the company, which in turn reduces their leverage with you in day-to-day operations and requirements.

      One of the reasons that I couldn't stand being in middle management anymore a decade ago was conversations like this—"unofficial" discussions about how to best ensure that employees didn't have the opportunity to work other jobs so that we could squeeze them as necessary with little risk that they'd quit.

      If they had something else to rely on, we might lose them, so better to cut them loose now and get someone that would become totally dependent on us so that we could do with them as we pleased, as needed.

      When someone is totally dependent on you to avoid falling into the black hole of poverty, they're much more "flexible" when you need them to do things.

      It was all about risk management, in a labor-centric way.

      And it was ugly, and I wanted no part of it.

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      by nobody at all on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:22:47 PM PDT

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