Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I'm Going to Lose 170# in 30 Days! Guaranteed!!
My husband's employer, Delta Airlines, is transferring him to Minnesota, May 1. We don't know for how long.
I wish this were an April Fool's joke.
Northwest Airlines was in trouble. Delta bought them relatively recently. Northwest made out: they were able to keep their pensions, received raises (up to Delta rates), better medical benefits, and keep their seniority.
I'm all for them getting raises and better benefits, but instead of putting NW employees below Delta's, they were merged into the seniority line. This put my husband dangling on the bottom of the list. (Union's response: You're lucky we aren't furloughing.)
Danny has been based in Salt Lake City, Utah (this is why we sold our home in Illinois and moved here). SLC is a coveted hub. Northwest employees want it. Now they get it. Bye, bye, Danny (husband and father of three -- not a number).
This is why I save my boxes. You just never know in the airline industry. Except, we are going to stay this time and pray for his rapid return. He's going to have to find an apartment and transportation out of his own pocket; the company won't help financially for that. And contrary to popular belief, pilots in general don't make much money. Sure, there's some with high seniority that have been with a particular company for many years that make an obscene amount, but that's not the norm (and if he/she were to transfer to another airline, they'd be at the bottom making squat like the rest).
It's hard to not be angry. I keep telling myself, "At least he has a job, at least he has a job, at least he has a job." That wasn't the story Christmas Eve, 2007, when his previous airline e-mailed him with the announcement that they are closing their doors, don't come back to work, and mail in your badges. (Yes, Christmas Eve).
Please fly Delta - keep my husband employed.