Delta's use of temps worries full-timers

  • Article by: WENDY LEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2012 - 2:53 PM

Temporary workers make up 10 percent of the airline's customer service division.

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brainerdguyFeb. 25, 12 9:53 PM

The republicon version of the new world order! Workers get less, the koch brothers get LOTS more!!!

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minneg56Feb. 26, 12 6:19 AM

Not sure I'm real comfortable with a temp de-icing the plane I'd fly on ... and of course there's nothing lile talking with a temp on the phone ... with no answers to questions ... on the $1,300 round trip ticket you've ALREADY paid for. I don't think it's the full timer who should be worried - it's the customers who should be worried!

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aeroheadFeb. 26, 12 6:26 AM

Hmmmm, maybe DL workers might want to reconsider the whole union thing, eh?

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grizzly2011Feb. 26, 12 8:14 AM

We are in for a world of hurt because of Obamacare. If a company carries a worker as an employee, they MUST provide expensive health insurance for that employee, even if they work less than 40 hours per week, or pay a $2,000 per employee per year fine to the government (which will certainly rise). Obama and the Democrats were told jobs would be destroyed and wages would drop as a result of their law and they just laughed. More and more, companies will be slashing employees and turning to temps because of Obama and the Democratic Party. Hope and change, y'all!

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solarnowFeb. 26, 12 9:21 AM

This article overlooks the really important story: If Delta's execs squeeze the front-line workers -- lower job security, lower benefits, etc. -- then those execs get massive compensation packages. It's the American way.

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kening98Feb. 26, 12 9:43 AM

The article states "We are very clear and upfront about the proposition with Ready Reserve candidates as they are offered a position," Delta's Durrant said. Contrary to his comment, it appears Durrant might not be in touch will all Ready Reserve workers. Here is an Email sent to Blue Notes about the Ready Reserve program sent to us months ago. - Dear Blue Notes, "I'm sure you've heard about the full time spots that have been filled with mainly ready reserves. I was a "lucky one" to be awarded one of the spots. Well I just found today from another rdy rsv that management delivered some not so lucky news about this new full time spot. According to him, we have to take a 60 cent pay decrease from our already $10.82/hr wages. We only get a 50 cent raise every 6 months for the first 2 years. Then it will change after that. Ready reserves top out at 11.15/hr. So basically, it's going to take us a year to earn back what we are making now, when most of us would be getting a pay increase before this December because of our 1yr anniversery. Also, because the contract isn't settled we aren't aloud to pick up days, trade, or give away any hours to full timers other than the ones on the new "DELTA" contract. That elminates everyone, but the people who were ready reserves, now promoted. We were upgraded under the intentions that we would have a pay INCREASE and be done with this litimed trading Bull crap. I speak for all the ready reserves when I say we are very sick of being screwed over. This company really needs to get it's act together to keep it's employees. Flying is nice, but you have to have the means to travel. This company needs a lesson on how to treat their employees with respect. I thought you might be interested to hear what kind of scam Delta has going on now. Among their many. Thanks, XXXXXXXXX

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sawmanFeb. 26, 1210:34 AM

That is the future in a nutshell.

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raineyrooFeb. 26, 1211:58 AM

Next step for Delta exec's: replace those "greedy" (according to Tea Partiers) the middle class IT, Supply Chain, and Finance folks that make between 35-100K with temps.

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minneg56Feb. 26, 12 1:19 PM

... as I was saying - not too comfortable with temps deicing the plane ... what next? Temporary mechanic supervisors having conversations with their temporary techs like ... "Hey 'wrench'! Tighten that hydraulic coupling ASAP. Here's a crescent wrench I got in my Wheaties box this morning ... just guess on the foot pound measurement. We can't afford torque wrenches or any other precision tools with guages anymore. Our execs gotta' feed their friends and families ... at the country club."

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billy46Feb. 26, 12 5:30 PM

Look what Delta is doing to Comair....look what they did to Mesaba. They dont care about their work force. It will get worse.

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